Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso was involved in a moment yesterday that has set the newspapers of the world ruffling over his future this morning.
At a Spanish press conference in South Africa, where he is currently representing his country in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Alonso was asked whether he would be disappointed if he didn’t leave Anfield this summer, amid speculation linking him with the exit doors.
Alonso replied, “I cannot answer that. I have already said everything.”
This morning’s back pages seem to suggest that the matter is a touchy subject for Alonso and now, with a common assumption that his vague reply was a way to avoid confirming his future is at Liverpool.
Alonso has been constantly linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer, but has three years remaining on his contract with the Reds.
The Independent reports this morning:
The answer reinforces the sense that Alonso never recovered his commitment to Benitez’s cause since the Liverpool manager proved ready to part company with him last summer.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports report this morning that Argentine international striker Carlos Tevez will not be joining Liverpool this summer despite his future still lying in the balance.
Tevez’s loan deal at Manchester United expires at the end of this month and United must come up with Â£25million should they want to keep him. It had been reported that Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are waiting in the wings, but now it seems ‘œAnfield is not an option for Tevez.’
Meanwhile Liverpool announced the appointment of Antonio Gomez Perez as a new Reserves team coach, a Spanish coach who Rafa Benitez managed at youth level at Real Madrid.
He will team up with newly appointed Reserves manager, John McMahon.