Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.
TalkSPORT claims news Blues boss Jose Mourinho was eager to be reunited with the Liverpool legend at Stamford Bridge, having taken over in west London following his departure from the Spanish capital.
However, the 31-year-old midfielder has decided he wants to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to AS, and is hoping to extend his current contract – which expires next summer – to 2016.
Alonso began his career at Real Sociedad, but became a Liverpool legend when he moved to the Premier League in the summer of 2004.
The following season, he helped the Reds to Champions League glory, scoring in the famous 3-3 final against AC Milan after missing his initial penalty.
He wasn’t able to help guide Liverpool to a title however, and left Anfield in difficult circumstances in the summer of 2009. The 107-cap Spain international had fallen out of favour with Rafa Benitez, and left for £30million.
His form has never dipped over the past four-years with Los Blancos, and the central midfielder has featured regularly under ‘the special one’ since he took charge in 2010.
And, the reports claim Mourinho wanted to bring his midfield general with him to England in an effort to bolster the Chelsea midfield.
That no longer appears to be an option for Mourinho though, and the Chelsea chief will have to look elsewhere during the summer transfer window.