Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Benitez tells Alonso to make official transfer request

Todays Mail is claiming that Rafa Benitez has told Xabi Alonso that he must make an official transfer request to leave the club.

The article reports Alonso explained his desire to leave the Reds in a phone call to the Anfield manager with Benitez telling the midfielder to “put it in writing,” says the story.

“The Spain midfielder made the call less than 24 hours before he married his long-term girlfriend Nagore Aramburu in his home city of San Sebastian on Saturday,” according to the article. Guests at the wedding included former Liverpool team-mate Luis Garcia and Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta.

However the Reds manager is resolute that Alonso will not go cheaply insisting the Spanish club compensate Liverpool adequately. “Benitez has made it clear that Real must pay the price he puts on his midfielder's head - £35million,” states the story.

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