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Chelsea pursuit of Xabi Alonso must succeed

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The Evening Standard are reporting that Chelsea are ready to bid for Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso when the transfer window reopens.

Such a deal would come as no surprise. The player was highly successful under Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Real Madrid and an expiring contract leaves the La Liga giants with little choice but to sell should a decent offer arrive.

Far from a simple addition to the squad, the 31-year-old still has the time and the ability to play a major part in a Chelsea side hungry for success.

Praised during his five years at Liverpool, Alonso has only got better at the Bernabeu, maturing in to a world-class defensive midfielder, a dictator of play and a calming influence for his team mates.

Alonso was pivotal to Mourinho when at Real Madrid, missing just 10 games during his tenure and playing a key role in midfield.

Mourinho's tactics crave an astute dictator like Alonso that can keep the defence solid whilst also keeping the attacks ticking along with simple but pinpoint passes.

Signing for Chelsea would bare resemblance to the former Chelsea player Claude Makelele, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid as a 30-year-old, already a master of his specific trade.

So good was Makelele, he even had a position named after him and was key to the back-to-back title winning Chelsea side. He also played a pivotal role in helping Chelsea to a defensive record of conceding just 15 goals in an entire season.

Real Madrid can handle life without Alonso after the summer addition of Asier Illarramendi and the inconsistent form of Jon Obi Mikel makes Stamford Bridge the perfect place for the Spaniard.

With Chelsea's back four needing protection and Ramires needing more cover for his driving runs, Alonso can take the Blues head and shoulders above their rivals in a tightly contested Premier League.

Far from being the twilight of his career, Alonso's is just starting. His role doesn't require the pace and flair that dies with age. He can go on for years as did Makelele and like Andrea Pirlo is doing now at Juventus.

Alonso in Blue may seem an underwhelming prospect, but it could bring in a new era of sustained success in west London. 

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