Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Alonso passes Real Madrid medical

Xabi Alonso has passed his medical at Real Madrid and is on the verge of completing his move to the Bernabeu, the Spanish club have confirmed.

The 27-year-old midfielder arrived in the Spanish capital this morning after a fee, believed to be £30million, was agreed between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Alonso then underwent various tests and is expected to link up with his new team-mates at an afternoon training session.

Madrid chief doctor Carlos Diez told the club's television channel: "We carried out all the usual tests, concentrating on the musculoskeletal system because he has already had an ankle operation and we are satisfied because there are no signs anything is wrong.

"He is fit to join the squad."

Alonso is set to become Madrid's eighth summer signing, taking the Primera Division giants spending to over £220million in just two months.

Madrid president Florentino Perez has brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Raul Albiol, Esteban Granero, Arbeloa, Alvaro Negredo and Karim Benzema as he attempts to build a team capable of challenging Barcelona's treble winners.

It is not yet known whether Alonso will travel with the rest of the Madrid squad to the United States tomorrow.

Real's general director Jorge Valdano is delighted to have signed the Spain international but insists there will be no more new faces at the Bernabeu.

"Xabi was a very important piece," he told Cadena Ser. "I'm delighted that what started six years ago has been completed now.

"He will immediately join the group and tomorrow he will talk to (coach Manuel) Pellegrini to see if he will go with the rest of the team to the USA.

"This is a special season, we had to do unprecedented things.

"With Xabi we have closed the chapter of signings. Now we have to work on the exits of professionals who won't be here next season."

One of the first to leave was Madrid veteran Michel Salgado after Madrid came to an agreement to pay off the final year of his contract.

Madrid still continue to be linked to Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery who they have been after all summer.

But Valdano claims they have given up on the France international for now.

He continued: "With Ribery Bayern took up a very firm position and Madrid decided to wait for another opportunity.

"With the arrival of Arbeloa there are up to six players who can play on the wing and it is for that reason we decided to let Michel Salgado go.

"It was very easy to reach an agreement."

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