Alonso extends Reds deal

08 June 2007 08:53
Xabi Alonso has become the latest Liverpool player to pledge his long-term future to the club after signing a new five-year contract. Alonso joins Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina in putting pen to paper on new terms at Anfield after signing a new deal that ties him to the club until summer 2012. The midfielder had been linked with a move back to Spain, but admitted the promise of a bright future at Anfield following the takeover of the club by American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks persuaded him to sign the new deal. "I knew there was interest from other clubs but it was always my idea to stay here," he told the club's official website. "I have been here for three seasons now and have such special feelings for the club and the supporters. "We agreed that the talks would take place after the Champions League final and, to be honest, in the end it was a simple decision for me because I could see right away that the attitude of the club towards me was spot on. "I want to be part of what lies ahead because I know it is going to be exciting. I've signed for another five years and there's no reason why we can't be successful. "It's also good news to see that other players have signed new contracts this week. Stevie, Carra and Pepe are all big players for us and it's great they have all shown their commitment. "I'm sure the manager will be bringing in new players as well and that the new owners will be making a big effort to improve the squad." Alonso has made over 130 appearances since moving to Liverpool for £10.5million from Real Sociedad three years ago.

Source: ESA

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