Liverpool legend plays down speculation over Anfield return

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Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso has played down talk of a return to the club from Real Madrid.

The Daily Express reports that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers may have to ‘rethink’ his transfer plans, with the Spaniard revealing he’s yet to make a decision on his future.

Alonso did say that he was ‘certain’ he’d still be at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014 though; meaning a summer switch to Merseyside is now highly unlikely.

"I have not decided where to play in the future. At the moment the only certainty is my contract with Real Madrid until 2014,” he said.

"My return to Anfield? I had an amazing time during my long experience in Liverpool with the jersey of the Reds."

Alonso’s father had hinted that his son missed Liverpool, according to the paper, which raised hoped on Merseyside over the player’s return.

However, an emotional comeback is off the cards, despite Alonso holding his place as a firm fans’ favourite at Liverpool.

The 31-year-old joined the Reds from Real Sociedad in 2004, and helped the club win the Champions League the following season.

Alonso formed a dynamic partnership with Steven Gerrard in the heart of the Liverpool side, but was sold for £30million in the summer of 2009 after failing to agree a new contract under Rafa Benitez.

His reputation has been enhanced whilst working under Jose Mourinho in the Spanish capital, whilst a World Cup and second European Championship winners medal have been added to his personal collection whilst away from the Premier League.

Alonso will get the chance to add another Champions League to his CV this term, and will also be looking to wrestle the La Liga title back from Barcelona in 2013/14 as Tito Vilanova's side close on the title.

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