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Xabi Alonso snubs Premier League return by signing new contract in Madrid

Xabi Alonso has ended speculation that he could be set to reunite with Jose Mourinho by penning a new deal at Real Madrid, according to the Independent.

The 32 year old was due to be out of contract at the end of the season, but has now extended his contract with the La Liga giants to 2016.

The Spain international, who announced the news on Twitter by posting a picture of him and Real president Florentino Perez holding a shirt with ‘Alonso 2016’ on the back, is currently in his fifth season in the Spanish capital, having previously spent five years in the Premier League with Liverpool.

Staying in Madrid, Thibaut Courtois is keen to resolve his future quickly, ESPN understands.

The Belgium goalkeeper, currently in his third season on loan from Chelsea at Atletico Madrid, is keen to know where he will be playing his football next season.

The 21 year old former Genk man has excelled in his time in Spain, winning the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey, while this season they are currently joint on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona and qualified from their Champions League group in first place.

Real join Mata chase

Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Juan Mata from Chelsea, according to the Daily Star.

As he was in the summer, the Spain international has again been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after failing to hold down a first team place under Jose Mourinho.

The two times Blues Player of the Year displayed his frustration after being substituted in the New Year’s Day victory over Southampton, and now Mourinho has opened the door for his possible departure.

Should Mata move to Real, it could pave the way for Angel Di Maria to secure a move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keen on signing the Argentina international.

Meanwhile, another midfielder who could be on his way out of the Bernabeu is former Liverpool man Xabi Alonso, who could secure a cut-price return to England this month, the Mirror understands.

The 32 year old is yet to sign a new deal with the La Liga giants, and has been linked with both a return to Anfield and a move to Stamford Bridge, where he would again link up with the man he played under for three seasons in Spain.