Manchester United's proposed for Xabi Alonso looks to have come to an abrupt end, as Real Madrid now consider him indispensable following the injury to Sami Khedira, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The Spain star was rumoured to be edging close to an exit from the Bernabeu, with his contract up at the end of the season, and United were apparently in pole position to capture his signature.
However it now seems as though Real will do everything in their power to convince him to extend his current deal in Spain, and the two parties are close to agreeing a new contract.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti is known to hold the 31-year-old in high esteem, and now sees him crucial to his plans with Khedira facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines that could see him unable to play until May.
Chelsea were also though to be interested in Alonso, as were Serie A champs Juventus, but now it seems the player and his club are closer than ever to finalising negotiations which will cement his stay in the Spanish capital.
It's believed that Los Blancos are willing to offer him a two year deal which encompasses a pay rise and a more established role within the first-team.