Jorge Valdano says Real Madrid miss Xabi Alonso

Jorge Valdano says Real Madrid miss Xabi Alonso


Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano has joined a growing chorus of those saying the sale of Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria was a mistake.

The midfield duo were sold at the end of the transfer window to Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively. Club president Florentino Perez allowed the pair to leave following the arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

Los Blancos started the league season with an unconvincing win over La Liga newcomers Cordorba before being soundly beaten by Real Sociedad, going down 4-2 in San Sebastian on Sunday. They European Super Cup in August, they were also beaten by Atletico in the Spanish Supercopa.

And Valdano said the slow start to the season overall was due to the side missing the inconsistency of di Maria and Alonso.

Speaking to Cadena Ser, the former Los Blancos player and manager said: Xabi Alonso was a much-needed player at Real Madrid due to his positioning and sacrifice. He is a very intelligent player and gives the feeling that he handles the rest of the team like a herd.

“Xabi Alonso and Di Maria represented consistency, the thinking of the collective – one through his intelligence and one through his intensity.”


  1. Too bad the president allows Alonso to leave. I understand the desire or the well being request of players that want more. But there are always opened doors to compromise. Regrettable decision by Madrid.
    I was glad to read Anceloti endorsing the loss against the Real S. Frankly his system lacks of innovation. At this point, I think he should try to play 5 defenders, pushing Ramos a little bit forward as a defensive midfielder and allowing Varane some game time in the back. Kroos has the role of playmaker and sit Modric a bit.