Real Madrid are prepared to listen to offers for midfielder Xabi Alonso, according to reports in Spain.
El Confidencial claimed Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff have been concerned by the veteran player’s level of fitness in pre-season and fear he won’t reach the level he has achieved in the past. The 32-year-old appears like he has lost weight and has looked weaker in Los Blancos’ games so far compared to previous games.
With the midfield now well stocked at the Santiago Bernabeu following the arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, Alonso could find his time in the Spanish capital coming to an end.
Reports in Marca and AS have also claimed the club is looking out for another central midfielder, and have identified Luis Gustavo as a potential signing. Should that be the case, the Spain international would have his chances of first team football limited.
The former LIverpool man, who signed for Madrid in 2009 in a 35 million euro deal, would have no shortage of suitors in Spain and the rest of Europe. The Basque midfielder signed a two-year contract extension in January, but had been attracting the interest of his former club Real Sociedad as well as Premier League side Chelsea before that.