Manchester United and Chelsea target Xabi Alonso has ended transfer speculation by penning a new contract at Real Madrid, according to reports.
Spanish publication Marca claims the central midfielder has penned a new two-year deal, meaning he’ll stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2016.
Alonso was out of contract at the end of the season, and had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
However, the interested Premier League parties will now have to take their January transfer search elsewhere, after the 32-year-old put an end to the ongoing saga.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been one of those courting the player, according to reports, having previously worked with the 109-cap international during his own spell in La Liga.
The Blues are well in the title race this season, but are yet to find their very best form at Stamford Bridge during ‘the special one’s’ second reign in west London.
Alonso would have added a stability to the Chelsea midfield that few others in world football can offer, but a deal will no longer be forthcoming.
Things are slightly different at Manchester United, with David Moyes struggling under the weight of expectation following his appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.
The Red Devils subsequently struggled in the summer transfer market, and have also been failing badly on the Old Trafford pitch in recent weeks.
Alonso would have been a big-name signing to both settle the midfield and appease the Manchester United fans – but it’s not going to happen and the Scot will need to look elsewhere quickly over the next three weeks.