Xabi Alonso contract decision due soon, says Carlo Ancelotti
Madrid: Real Madrid`s Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso will decide "very soon" whether to extend his contract beyond the end of this season, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.
Alonso, who turned 32 last month, missed the start of the current campaign due to injury and Real struggled without his controlling influence in central midfield.
They have looked much more assured since his return at the end of October and Ancelotti said it was "important for everyone" at the club that he remained after his current deal expires.
"We are waiting for Xabi`s decision," Ancelotti told a news conference ahead of Real`s King`s Cup last 32, first leg at third-tier Olimpic de Xativa on Saturday.
"He is very relaxed, we are talking, I have talked to him, the club is talking to him and I think he will decide very soon what he has to do," added the Italian.
"It is not a priority, the priority is to keep the good results and good matches going.
"The priority is to win games and play well up until the Christmas break.
"After that, Xabi Alonso`s contract renewal is important for everyone, for the club, for the team."
Real will be seeking their fifth win in a row in all competitions at lowly Olimpic, who play in the regional "Segunda B" division.
The 2011 Cup winners are likely to give some of their youngsters a run-out on Saturday, although Ancelotti said Real`s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was fit again after picking up a minor muscle strain last month.
The Champions League and La Liga top scorer would definitely feature in Real`s Group B match at FC Copenhagen on Tuesday, he added. Real have already qualified for the last 16 of Europe`s elite club competition as group winners.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- One year of Modi govt: PM promises to fulfil aspirations
- Watch: Mumbai cops find new secret agents in housewives!
- Hundreds die as heat wave continues in India
- 2G scam: Ex-TRAI chief alleges Manmohan Singh had warned him to cooperate
- Pranab Mukherjee defends Bofors scam, says it was just a media trial
- Salman Khan attends sister Arpita's wedding reception in Mandi
- Zee Media's mega survey on Modi govt
- Zee Media Exclusive: Vidya Balan chats about 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'
- Para athlete Deepa Malik complains of callous service by Air India
- Smriti Irani visits Amethi, promises to pay insurance money to 25,000 women
- I eat beef, can somebody stop me?: Kiren Rijiju hits back at Naqvi
- One year of Modi govt: Amit Shah addresses media
- Delhi: Visually impaired boy scores 91.4% in CBSE 12th Board exams
- MP: 14-year-old boy works as bonded labour since 2009
- BBV: What challenges lie ahead of Modi govt?
- One year of NDA govt: PM Modi writes open letter to nation, promises to transform India
- Arpita-Aayush wedding reception: Salman Khan spreads love in Mandi, says `hum aapke hain`
- World optimistic about India: PM Narendra Modi on 1 year of NDA govt
- MSBSHSE Class 12th HSC results 2015 to be declared at 1pm tomorrow
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 (cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in) postponed?
- Bharatiya Janata Party lacks majority for Ram Temple, Article 370: Amit Shah
- Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at one year of Modi govt, wishes 'happy birthday' to 'suit-boot ki sarkar'
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 to be announced on May 28
- Check mahresult.nic.in for MSBSHSE Maharashtra Class 12 HSC Result 2015
- AAP govt moves resolution against MHA notification: As it happened
- Maharashtra MSBSHSE HSC Result 2015 on mahresult.nic.in
- Heatwave kills 90 more in Andhra, Telangana; toll crosses 800
- Gujjars adamant on holding talks in Bayana; rail tracks remain blocked
- CBSE 10th result to be declared tomorrow
- I was misquoted, says Kiren Rijiju on 'beef' remark