Liverpool have only fond memories of Xabi Alonso about his five year stay at Anfield during which they won the Champions League and the FA Cup before the Spaniard moved back home to Real Madrid. However, the former fan favourite could be in for a sticky reception on Merseyside this season, should he arrive at the club in Blue of former rivals Chelsea. Now 31 years old and soon to be out of contract at the Bernabeu in 12 months, Xabi Alonso is contemplating a return to English football with Chelsea keen to add his experience and quality to their ever growing midfield.
Chelsea recently announced the signing of Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem, who was promised regular first team football by Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho. However, MvG could take some time to ripen into the incredible midfielder who he promises to be and Mourinho thinks that in the meantime a short term solution is in order. Xabi Alonso is one of the Blues’ main targets along with AS Roma’s Daniele De Rossi.