ALONSO SNUBS BILBAO
Xabi Alonso’s agent has confirmed the Spaniard has rejected a contract offer from Athletic Bilbao as he holds out for a new deal from Real Madrid.
The Spanish midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season and agent Julio Alberto Ambros has confirmed Alonso has decided to reject an offer from Bilbao as he awaits a new deal.
Should Madrid fail to renew, Ambros says the 33 year old’s ambitions will be to play elsewhere other than in Spain as he searches for a new challenge.
“We have had an offer which was from Bilbao. Our decision was to reject for many reasons, mainly due to Alonso’s wishes to continue with Real Madrid.
“I don’t think a move to Bilbao would be suitable for him or his reputation either being a former Real Sociedad player. If we don’t receive a fresh offer from Real Madrid, you can expect Alonso to move away from Spain.
“We are more inclined to a new challenge so a move to Italy, United States, Russia etc. is something we may eventually look at as opposed to staying in Spain.”
Alonso has 206 appearances for Real Madrid since leaving Liverpool back in 2009, scoring a total of 17 goals.