Next Match: away to Osasuna, December 14
Europe: UEFA Champions League (Group B)
Carlo Ancelotti has underlined the importance of Xabi Alonso to his team's surge in form and said he is hopeful the midfielder will put pen to paper on a new contract (his current deal expires next June) soon. Madrid have won every League game since the former Liverpool player returned to action following injuries to his groin and his metatarsal. Ancelotti told ESradio: "I believe Xabi Alonso is the key to all of this. He's a very important player, he has unbelievable quality and experience. His return has been very good for the team. The club is speaking with him about renewing his contract, I hope that he wants to stay here and that he renews." Asked what his ideal Christmas present would be, Ancelotti responded: "Xabi Alonso signing a new contract."