Real Madrid have moved to keep midfielder Xabi Alonso away from the clutches of Chelsea and Liverpool, by offering him a one-year contract extension, according to AS.
The Spanish newspaper claims that the 31-year-old is expected to sign the new deal, which would leave him contracted at the Bernabeu until 2015.
Alonso, who spent five years at Liverpool, has been a regular feature in the Real Madrid midfield since arriving at the club in 2009 for a fee of around £30m.
However, it was rumoured that Jose Mourinho was keen to bring the Spain international with him from Real Madrid to Chelsea this summer, in order to strengthen the Blues' midfield.
But despite the summer arrivals of talented midfielders Isco and Asier Illarramendi to the Bernabeu, Alonso is keen to stay with the Spanish giants - and is particularly excited by the prospect of being coached by the legendary Zinedine Zidane, who will sit alongside Carlo Ancelotti on the Real Madrid bench this season.
"I think the new signings have been good for the team and the important things is that we have built a base," Alonso was quoted as saying by the Express.
"I'm sure each new player will contribute and the more options the coach has, the better. I think we know each other well. We have been together for some time now.
"We are feeling very good about the season and have the highest of expectations.
"I have always admired him [Zidane] a lot. He is someone every footballer looks up to," he continued. "I'm very motivated about working alongside him because of everything he has achieved and experienced."
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