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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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Xabi Alonso gutted to miss Liverpool reunion

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The day after Liverpool and Real Madrid were drawn together in Champions League group B, former Reds’ midfielder and fans favourite Xabi The post Xabi Alonso gutted to miss Liverpool reuni ...
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Sami Khedira Transfer Rumours: Latest News and Speculation on Real Madrid Star

Oct 21 2014 5:03am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Sami Khedira's future is set to dominate the January transfer window. The Real Madrid star, who has struggled with injuries and a lack of playing time across the past year, is destined to exit the Bernabeu by the time next season arrives, according to reports. Premier League teams Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been continually linked with signing the German midfielder, per Bruce Archer of the Daily Star. Archer suggested the Red Devils will offer £200,000 per ...
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Alonso: Roma clash vital

Oct 20 2014 11:11am CDT | Source: Football Italia

Xabi Alonso has outlined his respect for Roma and says Bayern Munich see the trip out to the capital this w ...
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El Clasico tactical preview: Carlo Ancelotti to switch to 4-4-2 formation in the hope of containing Leo Messi?

Oct 20 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Recently, the Barcelona golden boy, Lionel Messi marked his 10th glorious year at the club and over the span of the decade, the 27 year-old’s scintillating form has made him the single most feared striker on the planet.Over the years, Messi’s mesmerising magic has baffled even the most apt of coaches and analysts and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti seems to be just the latest in line to be befuddled by the Argentines ...
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I Had Perfect Relationship With Xabi Alonso, But We Can’t Agree On This – Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho

Oct 20 2014 7:49am CDT | Source: insidefutbol

Jose Mourinho says he cannot agree with Xabi Alonso's assessment of Chelsea's chances in the Champions League this season ...
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Champions League Fixtures 2014: Schedule, Live Stream, Predictions for Week 3

Oct 20 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The third and fourth games of the Champions League group stage are always an intriguing facet of the campaign. Those involved play back-to-back fixtures against the same side and typically, it’s these two fixtures that determine whether a team will be battling it out to top the group, or looking to secure third position and a subsequent Europa League place. The first of these two games is always hugely important, and a strong performance on Matchday 3 can set a strong precedent with the rev ...
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Bayern bounty and Mönchengladbach glory

Oct 18 2014 2:27pm CDT | Source: UEFA.com - News

Xabi Alonso scored his first FC Bayern München goal in a 6-0 win against SV Werder Bremen, but VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach kept u ...
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Manager says Arsenal and Chelsea target can leave, but not in January

Oct 17 2014 1:32pm CDT | Source: Soccerlens

Manager says Arsenal and Chelsea target can leave, but not in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Chelsea and Arsenal have been handed a massive blow in signing Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira in the January transfer window. The Blues manager Jose Mourinho is keen on reuniting with his former player at Stamford Bridge. However, Chelsea will face competition from their London rivals Arsenal as Arsene Wenger is also eyeing a move for the midfielder. The World Cup winning ...
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Rummenigge hails Alonso impact at Bayern

Oct 14 2014 6:32am CDT | Source: Soccer News

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Xabi Alonso’s personality has helped him settle in at Bayern Munich as much as his playing capabi ...
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