Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso talks up Asier Illarramendi of Real Sociedad

Xabi Alonso
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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso praises Asier Illarramendi ahead of the Real Sociedad midfielder's proposed move to Los Blancos.

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has praised Asier Illarramendi ahead of the latter's expected move to the club.

Los Blancos are reportedly close to agreeing a €30m (£25m) deal for the Real Sociedad youngster, and Alonso has talked up the talent of the 23-year-old midfielder.

"He's a good player who would be an excellent addition at Real Madrid," Alonso told AS.

"But I prefer not to say anything more [until the deal is complete]."

Illarramendi will become Madrid's second purchase this summer following the arrival of Isco from Malaga earlier this month.

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