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Xabi Alonso explains how Cristiano Ronaldo made his job easier at Real Madrid

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After enjoying a wonderful career in Europe, Xabi Alonso has enjoyed a decent start to his managerial stint at Bayer Leverkusen. He has won seven of his first 12 Bundesliga matches in charge, helping Leverkusen somehow keep up with the rest of the pack in the race for the top four places.

In a special appearance for the Coaches’ Voice, Alonso explained the success of his playing career that inspired him to take up a coaching career. During the show, he made a special mention of Cristiano Ronaldo and how easy it was to play with the Portuguese international.

“Cristiano made everything very easy. I get the ball, I find him and he used to do his individual action to score,” Alonso said.

Formerly of Liverpool, Xavi Alonso played with Ronaldo at Real Madrid from 2009 to 2014. Incidentally, both players had joined the Spanish giants in the same window, along with two other footballing superstars in Karim Benzema and Kaka.

While Kaka was not as successful, the likes of Alonso and Ronaldo played a key role in Real Madrid’s success, with the duo even winning the Champions League together in 2014, under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti.

Alonso eventually left Real Madrid in the summer of 2014, joining Bayern Munich in a deal worth €9 million. He played for the Bavarians for three years, featuring in 117 competitive matches before hanging up his boots in 2017.

Interestingly, Alonso began his coaching prospects with a stint at Real Madrid youth from 2018 to 2019. And given his early success at Bayer Leverkusen, it will not come as a surprise to see him being linked with the Real Madrid first-team job in the near future, especially with Carlo Ancelotti being subjected to a move to Brazil national team.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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