|Jose Mourinho and Xabi Alonso|
The midfielder's contract expires in June 2014, two years before the new contract Mourinho has signed in recent days. This means that the club will start working on expanding the relationship with the Spanish player who faces his penultimate season at Real Madrid. Although there is no hurry, he is regarded as a man of the club
The player came in 2009, after paying 27 million euros to Liverpool, and signed for five seasons. Although there has been no formal negotiations, have taken the first steps to transmit him confidence, make him see that is a key element in this template, and that despite the 30 years he has, his age is not an obstacle. Just the opposite.
Portuguese coach likes to have the main players close, players to be a reference inside and outside the field for younger, fans and rivals. At critical moments is when such players are the most important because they never hide nor give up. In this kind of moments and matches, Xabi meets all requirements.
In the club offices is known that the player is necessary for the long-term project that Florentino Perez and Mourinho want to develop. To provide continuity and help grow a young team and sometimes inexperienced, the club has set the target, to extend the contract of Xabi Alonso, a veteran and a professional example. Also, today he is still irreplaceable. Nuri Sahin, player who has been signed to take his replacement, has to continue learning alongside the Spanish midfielder.
There will be Xabi Alonso for many years. He plans to return one day to Real Sociedad team, where he started and where he wants to hang up his boots, but now is in the sports maturity and has the ambition to win the best titles. He knows that at Real Madrid can be achieved.