Chelsea poised to sign Xabi Alonso

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso will be at Stamford Bridge next season, according to Marca.

The Spanish newspaper reports that Mourinho is keen to reunite with his former player, whose current contract expires at the end of next season.

The 31-year-old, who spent five season at Liverpool before joining Real Madrid in 2009, is widely considered one of the best deep-lying playmakers in the world.

He will be free to negotiate with any other club from January 1 - and Marca report that Real Madrid believe the player has already taken the decision to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

With Frank Lampard turning 36 next June, Mourinho has identified Alonso as the perfect replacement.

The Spain international is a proven winner, having won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup finals with his national team.

During his time in Spain he has picked up La Liga and Copa del Rey winners' medals, while he also lifted the Champions League and FA Cup trophies at Liverpool.

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