Napoli want to sign Alonso

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Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is reported to harbour the hope of securing a reunion with former Liverpool charge Xabi Alonso by bringing the Real Madrid midfielder to the Stadio San Paolo.

Alonso's future at the Santiago Bernabeu remains unclear as he stalls over signing a new contract with Madrid and, according to talkSPORT, Benitez is keen to acquire the services of the Spain international.

Benitez signed Alonso for Liverpool in 2004 and, during their time together at Anfield, the Reds secured memorable triumphs in the Champions League and FA Cup, while they came agonisingly close to winning the league title in 2009.

Alonso was sold to Madrid for £30 million shortly after Liverpool were pipped at the last by Manchester United, and Benitez could now be reunited with the 32-year-old over four years later.

Alonso has yet to provide a clear indication that he will pen a new deal with Madrid, although the season-ending injury to Sami Khedira ensures he will not leave in January unless Carlo Ancelotti can recruit an adequate replacement.

Napoli will be hopeful their good relations with Madrid will aid them in any potential move for Alonso, having signed Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon and Raúl Albiol in the summer transfer window.

Along with Napoli, Alonso has also been linked with a move back to England with either Chelsea or Liverpool.

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