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Xabi Alonso sees MLS as an attractive option

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Major League Soccer new boy David Villa could soon be joined in the United States by international teammate Xabi Alonso.

Spain forward Villa joined New York City this week, and speaking ahead of the country's friendly against El Salvador, Alonso revealed that a move across the Atlantic is something he too would consider.

"I open the door to MLS because it is really attractive. It’s growing, it’s improving, things are being done better, the level is better. For everyone who loves football, it’s great that such a big country is becoming more and more important in the sport."

The Real Madrid midfielder signed a two-year contract extension in January and he last month collected the second Champions League winner's medal of his career, meaning any potential move is unlikely to happen imminently.

Reports have suggested that the 32-year-old will retire from international football after the World Cup though, and he acknowledged that as his career reaches its conclusion the MLS becomes a more realistic option.

"The end is closer than the beginning for me, so probably I will consider it," revealed the former Liverpool man.

Villa has never played with Alonso at club level, but the pair have performed crucial roles in Spain's continued success in recent years.

Atletico Madrid full back Juanfran shared a dressing room with Villa last season as the club won an historic league title, and he offered his best wishes to the 31-year-old.

"I am happy for him. Hopefully he will become one of the best players in the league, and this is a great opportunity for Spanish players to play here."

Like many other European sides, Spain have used the States as a pre-World Cup base, and Saturday's match is being played at the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field.

They will be followed into the 85,000-seater stadium by DC United and the Columbus Crew, as they play out the venue's first ever regular season MLS game.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that American clubs could soon see competition from their Mexican neighbours in the battle to sign players of Villa's ilk.

Liga MX side Tigres told reporters that they had made a move for the Spaniard prior to the completion of his transfer to the MLS.

In recent days they've also been linked with Brazil star Robinho - a rumoured target of Orlando City, New York City and the New England Revolution.

One man who was absent from the league's draft on Wednesday was USA international DaMarcus Beasley, who now appears certain to return to his home country.

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