Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro has said that Xabi Alonso, said to be on the radar of Real Madrid, does not have any team-specific release clause in his contract, saying that although there is mutual respect between the parties, they will not force him to stay if he forces an exit.
Last week, we reported that Alonso’s contract with Leverkusen has a unique provision that could potentially allow him to move to Real Madrid at a significantly reduced cost.
The clause was inducted since Alonso’s current agreement with Leverkusen extends until 2026, making him a potentially expensive acquisition in the market.
Following up to that, reports indicated that a clause in Alonso’s contract with Leverkusen stipulated the possibility of him joining Real Madrid for a mere €15 million fee.
It is not the case after all
However, while speaking about it, Carro revealed that no such provision is included in Alonso’s deal, however, if he does not want to continue beyond this season, the team would respect his decision.
“No [there’s no such clause], but you don’t need a clause. We have a very, very good relationship with Xabi and he knows that we are a serious club,” he told TalkSport.
“At the end of the day, we’re not going to force someone to stay if he doesn’t want to stay. We want him to feel so happy and so good with us that he really only wants to stay and this is our objective,” he added.
He added that although the team will not give him a hard time if he decides to leave, he is hopeful that the situation will not go down to that extent.
“No nothing on paper but sometimes agreements that are not on paper are agreements as well and we know that if he needs to do a move in the future we’ll be able to talk with each other.
“I hope we will not need to do this because he will stay and be happy in Leverkusen,” he explained.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo