Real Madrid have moved to fend off growing Premier League interest in midfielder Xabi Alonso by offering him a one-year contract extension, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Alonso, 31, who joined Real for £30m in August 2009 after a five-year spell with Liverpool, is entering the final year of his current deal and recent speculation has linked him with a return to Anfield or a possible reunion with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Alonso was reportedly first offered a deal back in May, but a niggling groin problem that required surgery and disrupted his pre-season schedule has also significantly stunted the negotiation process.
Real are now under the management of Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti, and the offer of an extension would appear to demonstrate the former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain manager's eagerness to retain the services of one of world football's most cultured passing talents.
The seemingly imminent arrival of Tottenham starlet Gareth Bale for a world-record fee would potentially result in Ancelotti having to offload a number of first-team players, but it is looking increasingly doubtful that Alonso will be among that number.
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