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Xabi Alonso is one of the world's best passers. He's in an elite category of players, like Xavi, who seem to be able to make any pass look effortless. If you are surprised that I have him needing to leave, you absolutely should be.
Alonso is getting older, and it's showing.
At 31, he's still reading the game very well and making the beautiful passes. Teams that are affording him the space to operate are being ripped apart by his experience and talent. But what about teams that don't give him space?
In the recent loss to Borussia Dortmund, Alonso was one of the team's weakest links. Despite being charged with marking wunderkind Mario Goetze, Alonso let him slip by numerous times and made just two tackles all game. Alonso's passing early in the game was simply awful as Dortmund looked to pressure him every chance they got. His weakness in dribbling was exposed and his recklessness peaked as he gave away a penalty in 67th minute.
Alonso's best years are behind him. He's been a great cog in the offense this season, but with his contract running out this summer and his seeming unwillingness to sign a new deal, it's in Madrid's best interests to let the Spaniard go.