Chelsea did not make an offer - Alonso

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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, speaking at a press conference to explain his contract renewal, claims no other club made an approach to sign him. Chelsea and Manchester United had both been linked with the Spain international.

It was confirmed on Wednesday evening that Alonso had agreed to further his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu by another two seasons when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho's departure from Madrid at the end of last term for a return to Stamford Bridge led to inevitable speculation that the Chelsea manager would make a move to recruit Alonso on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old, however, has revealed that Mourinho made no contact over a proposed return to the Premier League.

"[Mourinho] said nothing to me," Alonso told the assembled reporters in the Spanish capital. "We have a good relationship, but he never said anything about going to Chelsea."

Manchester United manager David Moyes was also reported to have been looking at Alonso has he strives to bring a midfielder of some repute to Old Trafford, but the former Liverpool star says he always wanted to stay in Madrid.

"There were no offers," he explained. “It was a question of timing. I decided to stay and I do not know anything about other options. Maybe my agent would know.

"I have always known that Real Madrid is the best place for me to be. My wife and I are very happy in Madrid. We were totally convinced about staying here."

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