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Midfielder set for stay by lfctalk
September 1, 2008, 15:04
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Rafael Benitez has stated that he expects Xabi Alonso to stay at the club amid reports of a late transfer window bid from Arsenal.

The Spanish playmaker has been regularly linked with a move away from the club and has previously seen a move to Italian giants Juventus fall through after they signed Christian Poulsen having been put off Alonso’s pricetag.

The midfielder’s relationship with manager Benitez was strained when he decided to attend the birth of his son, Jon, instead of playing against Inter Milan in the Champions League last sixteen.

Benitez was reported to be happy to sell Alonso, and even said as much recently in an interview, to fund a move for Gareth Barry. But after seeing that deal fall through, the Spanish manager has had to backtrack and use the midfielder in all games so far this season and now looks set to keep him at the club for at least this season.

“I think that Alonso will be staying,” Benitez told the Liverpool Echo.

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