Real Madrid president Perez admits push for Liverpool's Xabi

New Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed interest in Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

New Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed interest in Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

"As a fan, I would say that Xabi is a great player. I think he is the best passer of the ball in Europe," he told the Radio Television Espanola programme, '59 Seconds'.

"I would be happy [to have him], but I cannot talk about the player without having spoken first to Rafa Benitez, as he is the one who needs to know that we are interested in his player."