Xabi Alonso ready for contract talks after returning to Real Madrid team
Real Madrid were back to their winning ways in emphatic fashion in a 7-3 romp over Sevilla in La Liga on Wednesday. However, there was better news for Real Madrid in the night as Xabi Alonso returned to the side after replacing Asier Illarramendi in the 64th minute of the game.
Alonso, who hasn’t been in a competitive game for Real Madrid in five months because of multiple injuries, was delighted to be back on the field. The 31-year-old’s contract will run out at the end of the season, but Alonso is now determined to initiate negotiations over a contract renewal once again.
The former Liverpool midfielder has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Juventus and Real Sociedad, although reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho seems most likely if Real Madrid are unable to retain the Spaniard’s services.
After winning the Wednesday game Alonso told Canal Plus that he refrained from negotiating a new deal with Real Madrid when he was injured, but now that he was healthy again he felt it is the right time to sit at the table.
“Now is the moment to begin to talk to the club about my future,” Alonso said. “While I was not fit I did not feel up to talking. I have good communication with the club.”
Alonso was also grateful to his fans for showing him support during his injury and cheering him upon his return at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
“I am very grateful for the affection and respect from the crowd,” Alonso said. “I value that a lot. On a personal level I am very happy as it has been five months. I have no problems and I hope to slowly get there to be able to help the team.”
Alonso rejected speculation that Real Madrid’s poor form had been a result of his absence. The Spain international admits there were “things to polish”, but it was still a long season from the end and Real Madrid are rectifying their mistakes.
“Ah no,” Alonso said in response to Real Madrid’s poor run of form. “The team is taking shape but there obviously are still things to polish. The season is very long. By reinforcing what we do well and correcting what we can do better we hope to go as far as we want to.”