Real Madrid midfielder Xabi: Right time to leave Liverpool

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has no regrets over his departure from Liverpool.

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has no regrets over his departure from Liverpool.

Then Reds manager Rafa Benitez was convinced that Alonso was eyeing a move to Spain but Alonso will argue that he felt put out when the club started making it known he was available for transfer.

Asked if he had a problem with Rafa at the time, Alonso said: "After 5 years I think I needed a change. It was the right time.

"It was a difficult decision to take at that time, but some things happen.

"Not that summer but the summer before when they tried to tell me that I wasn't as important [to the club], and they said to me that I could leave and I said 'ok', I said 'that's football'.

"But as well it came to my mind that my position it was different and the following summer I thought that was maybe the right time to leave.

"After I left... performances and so many things happen and that's always the way, some players come and others go, and I don't consider that [Liverpool declined] because of my departure.

"I still follow and I love the Premier League. I still feel really attached to Liverpool, I follow them and I consider myself a Liverpool fan."

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