Liverpool and Chelsea target Xabi Alonso has ruled out the possibility of a return to the Premier League this summer.
The Spanish international has been linked with a move back to England in recent weeks, with The Daily Mail reporting that Brendan Rodgers was looking ‘to bend club rules’ in an effort to bring the £10million-rated midfielder back to Anfield.
Jose Mourinho, who managed the 31-year-old at Real Madrid, was also interested in working with the player again at Stamford Bridge.
However, the former Real Sociedad star has dismissed the speculation out of hand, insisting there is no chance of a move.
“The Premier League? No,” he said, according to Metro.
“No way, no chance.”
Alonso first joined Liverpool in 2004, with Rafael Benitez looking to inject some Spanish flair into the Merseysiders alongside the likes of captain Steven Gerrard.
The move paid instant dividends, with Alonso influential as the Reds lifted the Champions League trophy. The Spaniard scored in the final, and also slotted home his penalty in the shootout following a 3-3 draw against AC Milan.
But, after falling out of favour with Benitez in 2009, Alonso left Liverpool for his current home at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he has since featured regularly under Mourinho.
‘The Special One’ wanted to rekindle that relationship in west London, according to reports, but Chelsea are also set to be left disappointed this summer.
Were Alonso to change his mind and then join the Blues, he’d play alongside a number of his international teammates, including Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.