Xabi Alonso is finally unveiled at Real Madrid

Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso greets Ruud van Nistelrooy with a handshake, Photograph: Paul White/AP

Spain international and former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has completed his move to Real Madrid after passing the medical tests. The 25-year-old was unveiled at the stadium in front of the fans.

“It’s a very happy day for me. It’s an important step in my career to come to a club like Real Madrid. I’m very happy to be part of this club and I was very excited for this day to arrive. It’s the best opportunity for me to develop as a footballer,” said Alonso on the occasion.

“I am very grateful to Liverpool fans, they were very warm during my five years.

“It will be really difficult to match their appreciation. I really enjoyed those five years. But a few months ago I took that decision as I thought it was the right moment to find a fresh challenge, to look for a new club,” he added.

“That’s when Real Madrid came along. Luckily a deal has been done and I’m very happy.

“It is a personal challenge I felt is necessary for my football career. I felt it was right so I looked for a change, for a new experience, and when Madrid came in, that’s when I decided to come back to Spain.”

Alonso, once again had to clear out that his relationship with the Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was only a professional one.

“I have repeated over and over again that the relationship was a professional one, of mutual respect, a normal one between coach and player,” said the Spaniard.

“I respect him and thank him for the opportunity he gave me. The goodbyes were quite brief, everything happened very quickly and I didn’t have time to say goodbye properly. I want to return to say goodbye to my team-mates and Rafa. As everything was very quick I hardly had time so as soon as I can I will say goodbye as I should have done,” he concluded.

Alonso spent 5 years with Liverpool and played 138 games scoring 15 times.

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