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Atletico Madrid coach Aguirre admits interest for Liverpool's Xabi

Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre admits they're interested in Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Aguirre said: "Alonso is a big player and very important to any team because he helps defenders and also links with the attack.

"Today this type of player is almost unique and very valuable for a club."

Alonso admitted: "I have heard about the rumours involving Atletico and maybe Barcelona too but, formally, I know nothing.

"My objective is to be 100 per cent fit for the decisive moments to come in both the Premier League and Champions League.

"I also want to play for Spain at Euro 2008 so want to get the necessary minutes on the field."

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