Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been thwarted in his attempt to take Xabi Alonso with him from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge.

The Special One wants the Spain World Cup winner to anchor his midfield as he seeks to take the Blues back to the Premier League summit.

Liverpool are also interested in a last ditch attempt to take Alonso back to Anfield but the 31-year-old is close to signing a one-year extension to his current deal which expires next summer.

New Real boss Carlo Ancelotti regards Alsono as a key figure in his plans for both La Liga and the Champions League this season.