Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes “professor” Xabi Alonso will sign a new contract with the club amid rumours of a transfer to Chelsea, according to ESPN.
Xabi Alonso's contract with the Spanish giants expires next June and the elegant playmaker has been consistently linked with the the likes of Juventus, Real Sociedad and Chelsea.
Alonso and his former manager Jose Mourinho, now back at Chelsea, enjoyed a good relationship while both at Real and Mourinho is reportedly interested in bringing the Spanish international to Stamford Bridge.
The Real Madrid boss however, is confident Alonso, who recently returned to action after five months on the sidelines, wants to stay in the Spanish capital and will sign a new contract soon.
“We do not need to convince Alonso to renew his deal,” Ancelotti said.
“Everyone knows how important he is, the club and the fans are convinced and I also believe the wish of the player is to renew and stay here as he is comfortable.”
A former holding midfielder in his playing days, Ancelotti is a big fan of Alonso and is thrilled to have him back in midfield after Real have appeared to have been struggled for balance this season.
“His return has been the best news,” he said.
“I call Xabi Alonso the professor. He has the characteristics to be a very important player for our play.”
Ancelotti is not worried about Alonso risking his new-found fitness by travelling with Spain to face Equatorial Guinea and South Africa in their upcoming friendlies.
“It is good for everyone that he is back with the Spain team,” Ancelotti said.
“Spain needs a player like Xabi Alonso.”
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