There were rumors regarding whether Xabi Alonso was willing to extend his tenure as one of the most important pieces on Real Madrid, but the speculation can be officially put to rest now.
According to reports from the Spanish press, Alonso, who was heavily linked with a return to Liverpool if he didn’t work out a deal with Los Merengues, will continue playing for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit for the next two seasons after signing a contract extension that will unite the playmaker with the club until the summer of 2014.
It was the best move for both parties involved in the business. Real Madrid needed to keep him to avoid another midfield splash in the summer like the one they made prior to this season, especially now that Sami Khedira is injured while Casemiro is still a work in progress.
On the other hand, the cultured playmaker needed to stay with the team; it would’ve been hard to see him leave and even more difficult to see him getting as much playing time as he has with Real Madrid.
This move probably worked out for the best for everybody involved, and now that Alonso has ended all the speculation regarding an exit, he can keep working to return to his form ahead of the second part of the season and the 2014 World Cup in June.
Real Madrid need him right now in their quest to capture both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, and there’s no question that Spain will need him at the world’s biggest soccer tournament during June and July.