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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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Lino gives Atletico throw-in, changes his mind after Xabi Alonso & Marcelo barrack him! [Video]

Aug 19 2014 5:12pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

There was a great example of the importance of home advantage in the first half of tonight’s Spanish Super Cup.After awarding a throw-in in favour of away side Atletico Madrid, the linesman was barracked by the Madrid fans behind him, and he realized he’d probably made a boo-boo when Marcelo and Xabi Alonso got up in his grill to politely inform him of his erroneous decision.With that, the lino raised h ...
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Xabi Alonso vs Toni Kroos

Aug 19 2014 5:50am CDT | Source: WhoScored

We compare the performances of Xabi Alonso and Toni Kroos from the 2013/14 season. Taken ...
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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti insists Xabi has place in his plans

Aug 16 2014 9:44pm CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insists Xabi Alonso has a place in his first team plans. Ancelotti insists Xabi can play alongside new signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow guidelines read mor ...
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Liverpool preview 2014-15: Rodgers aims to bury Ghost of Past

Aug 15 2014 1:16am CDT | Source: Soccerlens

Liverpool preview 2014-15: Rodgers aims to bury Ghost of Past - originally posted on Soccerlens.com 2008/09 – Liverpool finished second under Rafael Benitez. Despite losing Xabi Alonso the following season, no body, yes no body, thought Liverpool would finish outside top four. Liverpool finished 7th. Rafa was sacked. Champions League kissed goodbye and the club stared at dark and bleak future waiting to grasp. What was supposed to be a season of hop ...
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Real Madrid Look Like the Side to Beat Ahead of the New La Liga Season

Aug 14 2014 5:40pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Without so much as a ball kicked yet in the new La Liga season, Real Madrid have already sent out a warning to the rest of Spain and the whole of Europe that they will, very likely, be the team to beat this season. I was in Cardiff to see them dismantle a brave Sevilla in the European Supercup, and they looked very much like the real deal. Real Madrid have always possessed blistering pace and massive firepower up front, and now they have a midfield ...
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Top 10 Most Followed Players On Twitter, Including Arsenal Star And New Chelsea Signing

Aug 14 2014 6:38am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Who are the most popular football players in the world of social media... Find out who are the most valuable players in world football. 10) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea - 7.20m followers) The new Chelsea signing has reaped the benefits of playing for three of Europe's biggest clubs, having also starred for both Arsenal and Barcelona. 9) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal - 7.72m followers) The World Cup winning German midfielder is a regular on s ...
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Michel Platini Tried to Give Cristiano Ronaldo 2 Medals After Super Cup Win

Aug 12 2014 4:05pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Michel Platini tried to give Cristiano Ronaldo two medals after Real Madrid defeated Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup—that's how good the superstar is.  He did score both goals, after all, so perhaps he earned them both? Both Ronaldo and Platini got a good laugh out of it. More so, at least, than ...
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Carlo Ancelotti makes 1-man wall at Real Madrid training, Sergio Ramos hit him square in chest! [Video]

Aug 12 2014 3:34pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

With Toni Kroos, Ramos, and Xabi Alonso having brought their shooting boots to training, Iker Casillas was left flapping at thin air during a shooting drill.Seeing his keeper at an unfair disadvantage, coach Carlo Ancelotti had the bright idea to make a 1-man wall between the keeper and shooters, to see if they could get it over or around him.But Ancelotti hadn’t counted on the presence of Sergio Ramos, who hit him ...
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Real Madrid vs. Sevilla: UEFA Super Cup 2014 Date, Time, Live Stream and TV Info

Aug 12 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Real Madrid and Sevilla will face off in Cardiff, Wales on Tuesday in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, the first competitive match of the season for both clubs. The teams earned their tickets for Tuesday's showpiece by virtue of winning the Champions League and Europa League, respectively, and fans are expecting fireworks in this All-Spanish showdown. Los Blancos will welcome some of their high-prized acquisitions into the squad, but they'll be going up against one of ...
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Real Madrid play American Football at training, Sergio Ramos scores trick touchdown [Video]

Aug 1 2014 11:15am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Real Madrid had a bit of fun at training today, indulging in a bit of American Football in Eastern Michigan’s training facilities. Xabi Alonso showed he could be the maestro of the American game just like in his own sport, showing some great quarterback passing, bagging an ‘assist’ for his side’s touchdown. The other side then replied with a trick touchdown. With Sergio Ramos playing as quarterback, the centre half went to throw the ball, faked, and i ...
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