Spain’s most sold sports newspaper, Marca, claims today that Xabi Alonso has decided to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid to continue playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Yes, he wants [to stay],” Marca titles. “A Christmas gift for Real,” they state. “Xabi has started to negotiate his renewal and the club will do the impossible to reach an agreement,” Marca reports.
The other main Madrid-based sports newspaper, As, brings to its front page the fact that Los Merengues have shown an interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan.
“Madrid thinking of Gundogan,” they title. According to As, the player’s father has said: “Madrid are intensely interested in my son, but Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested.”
The Madrid daily points out Gundogan is a 23-year-old midfielder whose contract with Borussia expires in 2015.
Both Madrid sports papers highlight in their front pages the fact that Real Madrid basketball team have reached a record 24 consecutive victories after beating Joventut. The have won all their games this season.