Liverpool fans seem set for another summer of uncertainty surrounding midfielder Xabi Alonso.
A year ago, Alonso seemed to be on his way out of Anfield as boss Rafael Benitez tried to raise money for the purchase of Gareth Barry from Aston Villa. Alonso was then linked with Juventus and Arsenal. This time around it is Real Madrid who are believed to be hot on his trail.
Alonso left Anfield on Sunday night, after a significant role in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Tottenham, unwilling to talk about his future and clearly unable to say anything other than "I don't know" when asked if he was leaving.
Earlier, Benitez had tried to quell the rumours by saying: "He is not for sale and we do not want to sell."
But with money tight still at the Premier League runners-up, Benitez could well cash in on Alonso now if a Â£20million offer came in.
But Benitez did confirm he had held "private" talks with Alonso's agent on Friday.
Real Madrid are believed to be interested in the Spain international, if Florentino Perez wins their presidential election.
And it is now rumoured Alonso may well be persuaded to move to the Bernabeu, with the prospect of Barry finally arriving at the club.
Benitez was quizzed on the possibility of Alonso leaving and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez arriving this summer, but would only say: "Clearly I cannot give any names (of players leaving or arriving). Alonso has three years left on his contract and we are really pleased with him, so we do not want to sell."
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