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Ancelotti wants Alonso deal signed for Christmas gift

Dec 6 2013, 3:03am CST | by IANS

Madrid, Dec 6 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits there is one present he would like for Christmas and that is for veteran midfielder, Xabi Alonso to put pen to paper on a new contract.

Madrid, Dec 6 — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits there is one present he would like for Christmas and that is for veteran midfielder, Xabi Alonso to put pen to paper on a new contract. It is...

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Ancelotti wants Alonso deal signed for Christmas gift

Dec 6 2013, 3:03am CST | by IANS

Madrid, Dec 6 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits there is one present he would like for Christmas and that is for veteran midfielder, Xabi Alonso to put pen to paper on a new contract.

Madrid, Dec 6 — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits there is one present he would like for Christmas and that is for veteran midfielder, Xabi Alonso to put pen to paper on a new contract.

It is no coincidence that Real Madrid's excellent recent form coincided with Alonso's return to the side after a long lay-off with a groin problem. However, the 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of season and has yet to sign a new deal to keep him at the club for longer, reports Xinhua.

"We have played really well in our last two games and we have not just played well, but also defended well," said Ancelotti.

"In earlier matches we received too many goals and now we have shown good balance and we have to be pleased with that," he said Thursday.

The coach put the improvement directly down to Alonso's return

"I can say that Xabi Alonso is the key in all of this. He is a very important player for us and he has a lot of quality and a lot of experience. His return was very good for the team," said the Real Madrid coach, who was asked whether or not he was worried about Alonso's future.

"No, I think that everyone at the club knows he is important and the club is speaking to him about renewing his contract I hope he is happy here and that he signs a new contract and I would like it to be confirmed soon," said Ancelotti.

Real Madrid kick off their Copa del Rey (Kings Cup) campaign Saturday night when they travel to play third tier side Olimpic de Xativa in the first leg of their last 32 tie. Ancelotti admitted that he would be not resting many of his key players for the game to give a chance to other less habitual first team squad members.

"We don't know a lot about this team or their ground, but I am going to try and play my strongest 11," said Ancelotti, who nevertheless qualified those words.

"We have to take care with some players, which Cristiano Ronaldo is suspended. We also have Xabi Alonso, who will be better off working here in Madrid after his injury, but all of the rest could play," he confirmed.

Ancelotti spoke of other issues, admitting he was worried by a knee problem currently being suffered by young central defender, Rafael Varene, which will keep the Frenchman out of action for at least another week, and insisting that despite interest from teams in the English Premier League to take striker Alvaro Morata on loan, the Spain Under-21 international would remain in Madrid.

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Top Ten Most Followed Footballers On Twitter, Including Arsenal, Manchester United & Barcelona Stars

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The ten most popular sportsmen in terms of Twitter followers. These are the top 10 most followed footballers on Twitter, with all numbers approximate and correct at the time of writing: SEE MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United - poll predicts return Top 10 best free kick takers in the world Hottest Celebrity Football Fans. 10) Sergio Aguero (7.3 million) In tenth place, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a b ...
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FC Köln vs. Bayern Munich: Time, TV schedule and game preview

Sep 27 2014 2:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

Bayern travel to Köln to renew one of their longest standing rivalries Bayern Munich disposed the defensive record of one promoted team at midweek, and now they look to do the same against another. The Rekordmeister travel to Köln on the heels of a 4-0 home victory against SC Paderborn. They will face one of their arch nemeses in 1. FC Köln, who they are playing fir the 87th time in their history. ...
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Chelsea Star & £47m Manchester United Target In Carlo Ancelotti’s January Transfer Plans

Sep 26 2014 7:24am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Real Madrid have two big-name midfield targets.Real Madrid are planning some big-name transfers for January as they eye new signings in midfield, with two familiar names on Carlo Ancelotti's wish list, according to various reports on Spanish source Fichajes.com. SEE ALSO: Sami Khedira Chelsea - verbal agreement reached Rory McIlroy Girlfriend: Is Golf Star Dating This Irish Stunner? Top 60 hottest WAGs ...
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FIFA 15: Top 20 Bundesliga Players With Bayern Munich Stars Dominating The List

Sep 25 2014 5:01pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

FIFA 15 comes out on September 26th. Check out the top 20 Bundesliga players on FIFA 15 ahead of the games launch on Friday. SEE MORE: FIFA 15 La Liga Players - Take a look out the top 20 La Liga players on FIFA 15. FIFA 15 Physical Players - Check out the top 10 physical players on FIFA 15. Live Ryder Cup streaming - Check out live streaming of the Ryder Cup. 20. David Alaba 82 (Bayern Munich) 19. Sokratis 82 (Borussia Dortmund) 18. Ilkay Gündogan 83 (Borussia Dortmund) ...
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Reported Real Madrid Transfer Target Ramires Is 1 of Few Chelsea Expendables

Sep 24 2014 6:45am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Ramires could be on his way out of Chelsea, joining reigning European champions Real Madrid for £25 million in January. That's the breaking news this week, according to Barry Glendenning of The Guardian and a host of other outlets. Should Chelsea fans be overly concerned? Not really. It's territory that's already been charted where the Brazilian midfielder is concerned. As recently as June, Ramires was being li ...
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Bayern Munich vs. Paderborn 07: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Sep 23 2014 8:42am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Bayern Munich host Paderborn on Tuesday in the unusual position of sitting below the newly promoted side after five matches of the Bundesliga season. Pep Guardiola's side are unbeaten in fourth—having won two and drawn two so far—but their visitors arrive at the Allianz Arena with a better goal difference. Andre Breitenreiter's men have proven fearless in the top flight so far, ensuring Bavaria's best will need to quickly improve ahead of the midweek kick-off. Here's the ...
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Real Madrid vs. Elche: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Sep 23 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Fresh off a massive 8-2 win over Deportivo la Coruna, Real Madrid will return to the Santiago Bernabeu to host Elche on Tuesday in Week 5 of the 2014-15 La Liga season. Elche have never won a match at Madrid's famed home ground and shouldn't present much of a threat for Los Blancos on paper. But following a difficult start to the season, Carlo Ancelotti won't be willing to overlook any opponent at this stage. That difficult start is all but forgotten after convincing ...
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Manchester United Call Off Cristiano Ronaldo Pursuit For Fear Of Upsetting Current Attacking Stars

Sep 22 2014 2:10pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid. Manchester United could call off their big money move for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in order to avoid upsetting current stars Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, the Daily Star reports. SEE MORE: Kevin Strootman Manchester United - Check out the latest news regarding the Red Devils next transfer target. Worst Premier League XI - Check out the worst performers in the Premier League this seaso ...
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Inter target wants Bayern Munich stay

Sep 22 2014 3:30am CDT | Source: forzitalianfootball

Inter target Gianluca Gaudino wants to extend his current deal at Bayern Munich despite interest from Italy according to his father. The 17 year old midfielder has burst on to the scene this season, after starting and impressing in the German giants opening game of the Bundesliga campaign against Wolfsburg. The youngster has made one more appearance since then, but is only on a youth contract having yet to agree a professional contract with the club, which ...
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Man United wont pay £120m to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid [Mail on Sunday]

Sep 20 2014 4:15pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

One of the headline stories in the Mail on Sunday this weekend is some inside news about just how far Manchester United will go to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.The transfer gossip has been allowed to fester in recent weeks after Ronaldo publicly criticised Real’s transfer dealings in the summer, which allowed the likes of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso leave the Santiago Bernabeu.Will noise building the Ronaldo may be seeing an end date to his time in Madrid, thought ...
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