Alonso dreaming of Madrid - Dudek

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Jerzy Dudek claims a move to Real Madrid would represent a "dream come true" for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Madrid's pursuit of Alonso is set to come to a head this week with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez keen for the Spain international's future to be cleared up before his squad re-assembles on Thursday following a three-day break.

Real number two Dudek told "He is Spanish and all the Spanish guys want to play for Real Madrid. This is a dream come true for them and Xabi knows that he's not the only one."

He added: "I spoke to him (Alonso) just before the holidays.

"He is a very nice lad and he knows what is the best for him. But he cannot do anything without Benitez. So I don't know (what will happen), but he is a good player without question, one of the best midfielders in the world.

Alonso, who has not handed in a formal transfer request at Anfield, travelled with his Liverpool team-mates on the club's tour of the Far East last week but speculation over his future intensified on Monday when he was photographed at Madrid airport.

As it transpired, Alonso had arrived in Spain from Singapore in the morning before heading to Madrid for an internal flight to spend time with his wife and family at his home in San Sebastian.

While Alonso's absence from Liverpool was viewed as a sign of his impending departure by some, it later emerged that all of Liverpool's players had been given three days off after returning from the Far East.

The squad is due back at Melwood on Thursday, when they will begin preparations for Sunday's trip to play Espanyol in a friendly at the Barcelona-based club's new stadium.

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