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Real Alonso rumours are false, says defiant Benitez

LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez has emphatically denied reports that midfielder Xabi Alonso has agreed a summer move to Real Madrid.<br /><br />Spain playmaker Alonso was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal 12 months ago but flourished at Anfield last season, and Benitez expects that to continue.<br /><br />&ldquo;The situation is clear, we do not want to sell our best players and that includes Xabi,&rdquo; Benitez said.<br /><br />&ldquo;Xabi&rsquo;s agent came to see me recently to talk about the future. It was a surprise for me and I pointed out to him there were three years left on Xabi&rsquo;s contract. <br /><br />&ldquo;I asked him if the player was happy in Liverpool and he said yes. It was a short meeting.&rdquo;