Spanish broadsheet El Economista yesterday claimed that the future of five Real Madrid players was dependent on the future of their manager Jose Mourinho. They compiled a list which featured Ronaldo, Albiol, Di Maria and Benzema, but right at the top was Xabi Alonso and El Economista said that his stance was the most concrete.
They reckon that if Mourinho leaves this summer then Alonso will too, the Spaniard has had an excellent time at the La Liga side under the former Chelsea boss and has managed to fight off the threat of incoming challengers for his place, Mourinho trusts him and he gets a lot of game time and he's holding out on renewing his contract to see what happens.
Alonso's current deal runs out in the summer of 2014 and last week The Mirror and several other media sources said that he was stalling on a renewal and that Liverpool were keeping an eye on the situation. The midfielder was a hero to the Anfield faithful and would be warmly welcomed back into the team. He's 31 and given his playing style there's no reason why he can't continue for a further 4 years or perhaps even longer.
Real Madrid wouldn't be able to command a big transfer fee for him, because if it's left until the next winter transfer window he'd be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas team. Mourinho staying in Spain doesn't guarantee an Alonso renewal but his exit makes the same more likely for the Spaniard.
What had appeared to be something of a pipe dream for Liverpool fans is becoming very realistic, if the club want to bring Alonso back, as The Mirror suggest, then everything could be falling into place for them.
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