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Real Madrid star open to MLS move

Alonso could be coming to the end of his Madrid career (©GettyImages)
Alonso could be coming to the end of his Madrid career (©GettyImages).

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed that he is open to joining a club in the MLS when his contract with the Spanish giants expires.

The former Liverpool star made the move back to his homeland in 2009 following five years at Anfield and recently signed a new deal at Madrid, which has tied him at the Santiago Bernabeu until June 2016.

But Alonso, who has over 100 caps for World Cup holders Spain, is realistic in terms of his ability to consistently play at the highest level and has admitted that he could make a move to the USA or return to former club Real Sociedad.

He told France Football: "Moving to the USA? I don't reject that in the future.

"We will see how I feel in two years' time. I don't discount anything - Europe, Real Sociedad or staying longer at Real Madrid if I notice that I still have the physical abilities."

The 32-year-old became a cult hero during his time in England with Liverpool, lifting the Champions League trophy and the FA Cup, but he believes that he departed the Premier League club at the right time and doesn't regret leaving for pastures new.

"In 2009, I think I made the right decision," said the Spain international. "After five years at Liverpool, I needed a change.

"Can you expect anything better than Real Madrid, the greatest and most demanding club? It was the right moment to seize the opportunity.

"Everyday life in Madrid is tougher than in any other team. What the club demands is win, win and win again, and play well too.

"Liverpool have five European trophies, but it is not the same. There the daily life is more relaxed and not so heavy. At Real, pressure and demand are constant.

"But I wanted to see if I could match such a challenge."

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