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Liverpool Transfer News: Carlo Ancelotti Says Xabi Alonso Unlikely to Move

Xabi Alonso made 210 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 19 goals in the process
Xabi Alonso made 210 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 19 goals in the processClive Brunskill/Getty Images
Danny CollinsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has put to bed rumours that Xabi Alonso will return to Anfield by saying he is confident that the midfielder will sign a new contract at the Bernabeu.

Recent talk had been of an audacious bid for the Spaniard from the Merseyside club, with whom he made 210 appearances over five years and helped to lift the Champions League in 2005.

But speaking after Real's 1-0 friendly victory over Paris St Germain, Ancelotti said, as per the Metro:

We believe that in the end we will find a solution and the club and the player will reach an agreement

Alonso has done little to dampen speculation about his future when speaking to the Spanish media on Jan 1, per Sky Sports News:

I have not decided on my future. I will only stay at Real Madrid if I can offer the same level on the pitch as I can now and we will see what happens in the next few months.

There is always a chance I could go back to the Premier League as I always enjoyed good times there.

The Guardian's Paul Doyle had earlier reported that Liverpool were hoping to bring the 32-year-old back to Anfield.

Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move to Swansea City
Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move to Swansea CityClive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool sit fourth in the Premier League after a fine start to the season. Much of that start can be owed to the exploits of Luis Suarez.

But Liverpool's midfield has been in fine fettle too, led by captain, Steven Gerrard, and young playmakers Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.

Alonso's arrival might have helped to shore up a strong midfield this season, but Brendan Rodgers’ policy of developing youngsters is likely to pay dividends in the long run.

Key to that development will be 19-year-old Raheem Sterling, who The Mirror’s Darren Lewis reported today could be heading to Swansea City on loan.

But Liverpool have been quick to dismiss such rumours. 

The diminutive winger has been used more carefully by Rodgers this campaign, but has been in exceptional form when called into action, bagging three goals in his last seven showings.

Mohamed Salah tussles with Chelsea's Frank Lampard in this season's Champions League group stages
Mohamed Salah tussles with Chelsea's Frank Lampard in this season's Champions League group stagesMichael Regan/Getty Images

More likely will be the arrival of FC Basel’s Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

The Mirror’s Ross Dunbar dubbed Salah “new Franck Ribery,” and while such comparisons may be wide of the mark, it could form an exciting triumvirate should he link up with Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Salah relishes receiving the ball out wide, and the prospect of him opening up yet more space for Suarez through the middle is an enticing one.

Liverpool are likely to be busy in the transfer window, but the return of Xabi Alonso appears dead in the water—for the foreseeable future, at least.

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