Xabi Alonso admits playing for Real Madrid is "intense", but he feels "loved" by the club.

The midfielder is off contract at the end of the season.

"It's extremely intense playing in this team, in both a good and a bad sense," he Fuera de Serie-Magazine.

"You're constantly in the public eye. The pressure, the demands and the responsibility are far greater here. You have to be very conscious of all this to live up to expectations and be liked by the Bernabéu faithful. Fortunately, I've always felt loved by the club and the fans."

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