Xabi Alonso has ended any speculation about his future by signing a new two-year contract extension at Real Madrid.
The latest deal will see him tied to the Bernabeu club until 2016. He moved to the Spanish giants in 2009 for a fee of £30 million from Liverpool.
Before putting pen to paper on his latest contract, Alonso had been linked in the football betting press with a move away from Madrid in the January transfer window. A number of Premier League clubs were thought to be interested in purchasing the player, including his former club in Merseyside.
The midfielder has started on 12 occasions so far this season for Carlos Ancelotti. Real are in third place in La Liga, five points behind leaders Barcelona. They also sit behind local rivals Atletico Madrid in the standings.
Alonso could feature tonight in his side’s home tie against Osasuna in the Copa del Ray. The hosts are warm favourites with bet365’s Premier League betting at 1/12 to win the game.
The Spaniard’s teammate Cristiano Ronaldo made the headlines earlier in the week as he scored his 400th career goal during Real’s 3-0 victory against Celta de Vigo.
Alonso won the league title with Real Madrid in 2011/12 under manager Jose Mourinho. He has also been successful in two competitions. His first trophy with in Spain was the Copa del Rey in 2011, while a year later his team lifted the Supercopa de Espana.
The Tolosa born footballer has represented his national side in over 100 internationals. He has won three major trophies with Spain as he was successful in the 2010 World Cup and in both the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. The Madrid midfielder will be looking to be part of the squad which travels to Brazil later this year to defend their World Cup trophy.