Thursday, 19 December 2013

Pepe hoping for Alonso renewal

Pepe hoping for Alonso renewal

Pepe hoping for Alonso renewal

The Spain midfielder's contract expires at the end of the season, but his team-mate has urged him to extend his deal

Real Madrid defender Pepe says he hopes Xabi Alonso hands the club the perfect Christmas gift by signing a new contract.

The Spain international's current deal runs out at the end of the season, with some rumours linking the midfielder with a return to former club Liverpool.

But Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is determined to keep hold of the 32-year-old, particularly in light of Sami Khedira's long term injury and those sentiments have been echoed by Pepe.

The 30-year-old told reporters: "Xabi is a great player. we are happy with him and we hope that he renews soon, but we have still not heard anything."

Los Blancos ran out 2-0 winners over Olimpic de Xativa in the last-32 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night. Asier Illarramendi's 15th minute strike and a 25th minute penalty from Angel Di Maria ensured Madrid's progress ahead of their Liga clash with Valencia on Sunday. ----------------

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