While the Spanish Football Club attempts to change the mind of Alonso, the Club has to "cover its back" & find a substitute. This has become a top priority at Real Madrid with the added difficulty that there is no one in World Football with the specific characteristics of Xabi Alonso. The player is currently the central piece of the Real Madrid squad & the though of his possible departure is worrying the technical staff.
Said this, there are players of similar profiles, few as they are, they could mould into the team scheme, but the choice will have to be well studied & well chosen. Real Madrid is combing the Globe & has the following names & candidates down:
- Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)
- Rubén Pardo (Real Sociedad)
- Kondogbia (sevilla FC)
- Verratti (PSG)
- Javi García (Manchester City)
- Fernando (Gremio)
Stay tuned. Xabi Alonso may change his mind, or Real Madrid will announce a possible new incorporation to cover the Alonso departure this summer.