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Xabi Alonso: "There Was No Other Alternative"

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Xabi Alonso: "I always knew that this was the best place."

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

The majestically bearded midfielder professor sat down with the press today on the heels of signing a contract extension with Real Madrid. Here are some of the talking points from the presser.

Xabi was hardly short of positive words to use to describe his time with the club. "I feel at home," Xabi said, stating that this was the best place for him and his family. "They have been five very nice seasons. I want to thank colleagues, fans, and everyone else for your support ... There was no other alternative"

Regarding other offers, Xabi didn't say much, stating that he wasn't aware of any and that his agent was the one who probably received them instead. Colleagues were encouraging but his heart was apparently in Madrid the entire time.

The decision dragged on a bit due to physical knocks. Recovery dragged on and in return so has the negotiation process. However, Xabi was grateful for the club's patience and facilities and in the end the process left everyone happy.