International teammates? Yes. Club teammates in the near future? No

International teammates? Yes. Club teammates in the near future? No

Just because Fabregas mentioned Xabi Alonso as an ideal central midfielder partner for himself, it has given birth to a lot of false speculation.

There was nothing to suggest that Arsenal are making a bid for Alonso. Arsene Wenger doesn’t listen to his players about who he is going to buy does he? I don’t think so. So why would there be an exception.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has now rubbished reports that Alonso might be on his way out saying the Spanish international himself had said a couple of weeks ago he wants to stay:

“The situation is clear, we do not want to sell our best players and that includes Xabi.

“He had a very good season for us and can be an important player in the future. There is no agreement with Real and we want him to be part of our plans going forward.

“Xabi himself told our club magazine only two weeks ago that he was looking forward to his sixth season as a Liverpool player. Why should he want to leave now?

“Xabi’s agent came to see me recently to talk about the future. It was a surprise for me and I pointed out to him there were three years left on Xabi’s contract.

“I asked him if the player was happy in Liverpool and he said yes. It was a short meeting.”

So I would suggest we shouldn’t really hope for him coming to Arsenal because eventually he won’t and we will all be disappointed. It is better not to pay much attention to made up rumours in the tabloids.

These official statements have made the scenario quite clear.