6 Aug 2009

Real set to trim squad now

5:46 am on 6 August 2009

The Spanish football giants Real Madrid have ended their search for new signings with the deal to sign Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso from Liverpool and will now focus on trimming their squad.

Alonso is due to take a medical in Madrid before completing a reported 65 million dollar transfer.

Real's director general Jorge Valdano says Alonso was an important player to complete their squad, and it was worth Real Madrid fighting for him.

Having spent around 550 million dollars to lure eight players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema to the Bernabeu, Real have until the end of August to cut Manuel Pellegrini's squad back to 25 players.

Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart and forwards Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Alvaro Negredo have been linked with interest from clubs in Germany, Italy and England.