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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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The footballing term Galacticos was coined in the early 2000s after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made it his personal mission statement to collate the world's best footballers all into one destination—the Estadio Bernabeu. Galacticos Part I This project commenced in July 2000 with the the acquisition of Luis Figo for a then world-record fee—£37 million. The move caused a huge stir as the 27-year-old swapped the Camp Nou for the Spanish capi ...
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Kroos & James Rodriguez added to Ronaldo + Bale: Real Madrid’s new Dream Team XI

Jul 22 2014 4:14pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Real Madrid XI 2014-15 Get your money on them now to win the Champions League :) pic.twitter.com/8xGvRrTgit — 101 Great Goals (@102greatgoals) July 22, 2014 With World Cup winner Toni Kroos and World Cup sensation James Rodriguez added to the Real Madrid squad this summer, the European Champions starting XI has suddenly taken on a whole new dimension, and the Madrid media are getting justifiably giddy with excitem ...
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Real Madrid Transfer News: How James Rodriguez Will Alter Los Blancos Attack

Jul 22 2014 1:18pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

After winning the Champions League and Copa del Rey a season ago, most Real Madrid fans would have expected the club to make some tweaks, surely, but not disrupt a team that had so much success. If it ain't broke don't fix it, as the old cliche goes.  But Real Madrid can't help but fix things. They can help but throw their money around. And the latest signing, World Cup star James Rodriguez, is go ...
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1 week ago

UEFA change rules on yellow cards for Champions League and Europa League

Jul 21 2014 1:50am CDT | Source: Crunch Sports

UEFA has changed the rules on yellow cards for the 2014/15 Champions League and Europa League, making it harder for players to be suspended for the finals. Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missed his side's victory in last season's final in Lisbon through suspension after picking up a third cautio... Read the rest of the ar ...
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The Biggest Transfer Bargains Of The Summer, Including Liverpool & Barcelona Buys

Jul 20 2014 2:38am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Real Madrid have also snared one of the bargains of the summer... SEE ALSO: The best managers in world football QPR's French Forward Loic Remy is available for £8m due to a release clause, and it looks like Liverpool are in pole position to snare the 27-year-old. Here are five other complete transfer bargains that have already been completed this summer. 5) Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona for £16m Rakitic ...
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Spanish Paper Talk: Toni Kroos ‘Right Man To Win Titles’ With Real Madrid

Jul 18 2014 3:32am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

10,000 fans greet the World Cup winner at the Bernabeu... All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as Real Madrid unveil midfielder Toni Kroos with the German international confident of success in Spain.  Image courtesy of Marca. - 'I am the right man to win titles'. - Toni Kroos already shines in white. He passed his medical, he saw Valdebebas and was presented in front of a dedica ...
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The 1999 Roy Keane Travesty Has Finally Been Fixed

Jul 18 2014 3:30am CDT | Source: balls

Uefa have finally gotten rid of the rule that saw Roy Keane miss the 1999 Champions League final after he picked up his second yellow card of the knockout stages when he was booked in the second leg of the semi final against Juventus. The rule – which was also the cause of Xabi Alonso missing this year’s final – has now been altered so that all yellow cards, up to and including the quarter-finals, are wiped out come the semi- ...
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Agent insists Xabi staying with Real Madrid

Jul 17 2014 6:58pm CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

The agent of Xabi Alonso has played down talk of a move away from Real Madrid. The midfielder has been linked with Napoli. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow guidelines read m ...
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Agent: Alonso stays at Madrid

Jul 17 2014 10:10am CDT | Source: Football Italia

Xabi Alonso’s agent has denied rumours that Napoli have made an offer for his client. ...
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Toni Kroos Transfer Can Help Real Madrid Win La Liga Title

Jul 17 2014 7:42am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Toni Kroos isn't the only piece of the jigsaw puzzle Real Madrid were missing last season, but he is a key one. The German was an important component in the World Cup-winning side that took Brazil by storm this summer. While he wasn't at his effervescent best in the final itself, Kroos still played his part. His best performance came in the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-final, in which he struck twice, including one belting, swe ...
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