Speculation over the future of Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has seen him linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus and even a return to former club Liverpool.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes the Spain international has so much quality that he will have a host of clubs queueing up to sign him and will be able to pick where he wants to go.
The Gunners vice-captain was speaking to Spanish radio station Cope when he revealed he and Alonso were old friends and that a number of clubs in the Premier League were keen on signing him.
Reports about Alonso's future are being fuelled by the fact he is in the final year of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and is yet to agree terms on a new deal.
Arteta does not mention Arsenal specifically being interested in the World Cup winner, but Xabi Alonso on a free transfer is likely to tempt most big clubs to make an offer, though Arteta believes his compatriot will go about his decision-making wisely.
"I’ve known him since we were both kids, if he has any doubts about renewing his contract, I’m sure it won’t be just for sporting issues; it will be because he has concerns about being physically up to it," he said.
"He is a very noble guy. I am sure that he has looked at it from every possible angle and he will have his decision clear in his mind.
"But over here [in England], there are a lot of teams interested in him - he could take his pick."
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