Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he won't block the departures of Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema. Benzema is being linked with Arsenal, while Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in Xabi.

"I have faith in all the players in our squad," Perez said.

"Karim is a great player and we get offers for him all the time, every summer.

"All I can say is that the coach is the one who has the authority to do what he believes is right."

On Alonso he said: "He is one of the most important players and able to overcome everything.

"If he wants to stay at Madrid, he will stay. If he thinks his future is elsewhere then I understand perfectly.

"He is a player who has given everything to Madrid and he will have every opportunity to do what he wants."

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