Chelsea & Manchester United monitor Xabi Alonso contract situation

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Manchester United and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso, according to the Daily Mail. 

Alonso, who has been blighted by injuries this season, could be made available by the La Liga giants in January. 

The former Liverpool ace is out of contract next summer, so he is able to speak to non-Spanish clubs from January 1.

Alonso is said to have fallen down the pecking order this season, following the arrival of Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad in the summer. 

The 32-year-old, who has made just seven league appearances for Real Madrid so far this season, needs to be playing regular first-team football if he wants to keep his place in Spain's starting line-up at next summer's World Cup. 

Both Chelsea and Manchester United are on the lookout for midfielders and would be able to get Alonso for a reasonable price due to Spain international's contract situation. 

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