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Xabi Alonso was one of the high profile targets of many clubs from all around the globe as his situation in Real Madrid and his future was still undecided until some moments ago as the Spanish midfielder decided to remain in Spain with Carlo Ancelotti by signing a contract that will be keeping him in Real Madrid until 2016.
The defensive midfielder has made over 200 appearances for Real Madrid since making his move from Liverpool some years ago and despite being 32 years old, he still has a few years left in him to play at the top level.
While the future of Alonso has been decided, the same cannot be said about Angel Di Maria who is now being investigated after the Argentine was seen grabbing his crotch while being substituted during Real Madrid’s match against Celta Vigo.
His gestures are being considered to be rude and a lack of respect as everyone was seeing him make his way out of the pitch for the introduction of Gareth Bale and some reports are even claiming that the Argentinean midfielder made those gestures as a sign of anger and frustration for being removed from the match.
“I did not want to do anything towards either the supporters or the coach as was being claimed,” the 25-year-old was quoted as saying on Real’s website on Tuesday.
“It was a natural gesture that any man does, and all the more so when he is running,” he said. “You do it a lot on the pitch. On television you can see that it lasts a millisecond. It’s nothing. It’s not like I was doing it on purpose for an extended period of time.”
Angel Di Maria was given a lapse of time for him to clear up the situation as the player insisted in saying that it was just a natural gesture that a man does.
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The manager of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that Mesut Ozil decided to make a move away from Santiago Bernabeu because he had been told that he was not going to get starting opportunity in every match.
Arsenal bought Ozil on the final day of the pre-season transfer window after paying a transfer fee of 42.5 million Pounds. The young German midfielder hasn’t taken too much time to settle down at Arsenal. He has started going great guns at his new club and has already won them a few games.
Ozil has made 8 Premier League appearances for the Gunners so far and has found the back of the net a couple of times. Apart from that, he has also set up 4 goals for his team.
Ozil has shown some great form for his national side as well this season. He has scored some vital goals for Germany and has helped them make their way to the World Cup finals.
Talking to the reporters about Ozil in a press conference yesterday, Ancelotti said, “Mesut had the clear idea that he would not be in the starting XI in every match and he was uncomfortable with that. He was in touch with the other clubs and I was aware of that.”
Later in that press conference, Ancelotti hailed Madrid’s new star signing Gareth Bale and said that the Welsh winger could become a great player.
The Real Madrid boss said, “Gareth had a tough time initially, but, it has happened with a lot of players here at Madrid. When the guys first come in here, they suffer a few problems. But, he is very talented and he can be a legend in future.”
Bale has been in brilliant form of late for Madrid. In the match against Seville last month, he scored a couple of goals and then, in the European Cup game against Juventus, he found the net again.