Real Madrid star set for talks with Chelsea

by Michael Somerville

Monday, December 31st, 2012
 

Rafael Benitez is lining up a loan deal for Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso and is making the midfielder his main target in the January transfer window.

The Spanish international, 31, has refused to discuss an extension to his current deal which expires in 18 months and has opened up the possibility of a return to England.

When asked about his contract situation by Spanish reporters, Alonso admitted: “I’ve no idea what will happen” and added “I will only stay at Real Madrid if I can offer the same level on the pitch as I can now and we will see what happens in the next few months.

“There is always a chance I could go back to the Premier League as I always enjoyed good times there.”

Roman Abramovich is determined to avoid another high-profile striker failure at Chelsea and the arrival of Alonso is hoped to breathe a new lease of life into £50m man Fernando Torres. Torres has enjoyed a peak in form under interim manager Benitez but is still regarded as a failure in SW6 with 14 goals in 65 appearances. The pair enjoyed a fantastic partnership at Liverpool between 2007 and 2009 and it is thought that Abramovich would work overtime to get the deal through at Chelsea.

Benitez has declared: “We are working hard to find the right players in January.”

Los Blancos have been in poor form this season, having fallen 16 points off Barcelona and reside in third place in La Liga behind Atletico Madrid. According to sources from inside the club, Alonso has had enough of the reports involving Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s imminent departures.

Alonso was substituted in place of Luka Modric in the 3-2 defeat to Malaga last Saturday in which influential captain Iker Casillas was dropped from the starting line-up for the first time in a decade. Mourinho’s Madrid adventure is going into meltdown fast and it would make perfect sense for Alonso to escape the crossfire. The Madrid boss felt the full force of Madrid fans on the weekend and it is difficult to see him turning the season around.

Central defensive pairing Pepe and Ramos are suspended for Madrid’s game with Real Sociedad on Jan 6 and three days later Madrid face a second-leg cup tie against Celta Vigo with the Galician side leading 2-1 from the first leg.

Frank Lampard has been told by Chelsea that he can find a new club and the Alonso loan deal would pave the way for the England midfielder to leave quicker than he may have envisaged- as the two have bad blood. A forceful challenge from Lampard broke Alonso’s leg on New Year’s Day in 2005 which put the Spaniard out for 3 months. Lampard has previously spoken of the incident:

“I felt very bad and phoned to apologise but he wouldn’t really have it and ever since he’s had that look in his eye when we meet.”

Lampard saw a straight red card when he produced another studs-up challenge on Alonso in 2009.

Chelsea’s central midfield problems have been well-documented with Oriol Romeu out for the season. David Luiz’s transformation in a Chelsea shirt to deep-lying midfielder has eased the pressure on Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel to deliver. Nevertheless, a deal for Alonso would give Chelsea excellent strength in depth in midfield and a real chance for Torres to hit goalscoring form yet again in the PL

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  • http://www.adesolailafi@live.com Abdu Semiu Abu Bakiri

    i won ti chelsea to saing falcao

  • Bola(bb london)

    Dis is stupidity of benitez, how cn he go 4 old age player, when young one’s are thr, pls change ur way

  • http://Gusau Nafiu Isah

    Alonso doing well at madrid and work very hard,he dont having any problem with madrid,he dont having the fault,but we wanted him to stay.

  • colin

    What a load of garbage, Alonso to Chelsea? He can’t even stand Benitez especially after tried to palm him off for Gareth Barry while they were both at Liverpool. Give me a story I can bellieve when I read it

  • alulor paul

    Banitez is nt serious at all,we don’t need him banitez talkless of his Alonso.

  • http://newsnow.co.uk septimus a. kaikai

    lampard is in good form now,signing alonso is not ideal for the blues

  • EVIDENT CHIMEX

    Torres arrival and problem of form has cost Chelsea the depature of several greath club herros like:- Anelka, Drogba, Kalou, Malouda Ancceloti, R.D.M etc. People we celebrated severaly with their names, Now it’s super Frank again. Loosing any of those people is worester than loosing torress and his £50m because non of them has fail to help Chelsea lift one title or the other. I want you to know that the worest of Lampard in Chelsea is better than the best of Torress. Watch Man Utd, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus etc. How many of them talks about leting their legends go? No one because you can’t win Big matches without legends or/and vetrians, they are keys to success. Am getting tired of been Chelsea fan these days, fact.

  • Michael Somerville

    @Colin They may have kissed and made up, you never know… This is why a loan deal makes sense- if it goes badly again then it’s no great loss

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