Economically astute midfielder won’t be happy with manager’s revelations
Rafa Benitez risked the wrath of Xabi Alonso after freely admitting that he paid over the odds to sign Glen Johnson from Portsmouth. The Spaniard paid £18.5 million to get his man (around £1.5 million more than he had originally bid) and put the England full-back on a £90,000-a-week deal.
Benitez said: “Sometimes you have to spend a little bit more. You can’t compete in the top four of the Premier League unless you spend some money.”
But the figures will not be pleasant reading for economic analyst Xabi Alonso. Earlier this week the midfielder was bemoaning his paltry £65,000-a-week contract as he has watched its value drop against the Euro. Alonso will be hoping Benitez finds he can’t compete in the top four without bumping up his wages!