Rafa Benitez asked him to leave Liverpool says Alonso

It had been said that Benitez needed Alonso to clear a path for Gareth Barry, notwithstanding the previous Real Sociedad midfielder's fame with Reds' fans, and the last has now substantiated those cases, despite the fact that he kept up his turn to Madrid in 2009 did not come from the Coach's solicitation. 

"Rafa came to me and was clear. He said, 'Xabi, we require the cash to sign different players that I need', he said in a Guardian selection of Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – The Players' Stories. 

"With a specific end goal to profit, my name was the first on the rundown to be sold. I said, 'alright, Rafa, no issue. I am an expert. I comprehend that'. 

"There was enthusiasm from Juventus. There was enthusiasm from Arsenal. Be that as it may, the clubs couldn't concur terms.