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Future of Chelsea target Alves still unclear

Sevilla full-back Daniel Alves is desperate for his future to be resolved and has spoken of his 'enthusiasm' for a move to Real Madrid after Chelsea had a bid rejected last week.

Alves has been linked with a move away from the Sanchez Pizjuan for over a year, with speculation intensifying recently that he was bound for England.

The dynamic right-sided Brazil international looked to be heading for Stamford Bridge last week until it emerged the clubs had yet to agree a fee.

Chelsea were expected to increase their offer last week after the Spanish club rejected an initial reported bid of £21.5million but there have been no developments.

After Sunday's Spanish Super Cup win over Real Madrid, Alves admitted he is no closer to learning his fate with less than a week to go until the new La Liga season kicks off.

'I am still not any closer to confirming my future,' he admitted on the club website.

'I am not suffering as a result of this confusion and whilst I am with Sevilla I will act professionally, however I am hopeful for some closure on this subject.'

With the lack of movement on Chelsea's interest, Alves, 24, admitted he would be interested in moving to Madrid.

'Any player would be enthusiastic about playing for Real Madrid,' he said. 'Any player who would deny wanting to play for Real Madrid would be a liar.

'Of course, any player would like to play for this club, for the fans who expect a lot from their team in every game.

'I am no different, but it's not a decision that I have to take.

'It's a very complicated situation,' he added.

'I hope it is resolved as soon as possible. I am worried. The only thing I want is for the situation to be resolved immediately.'

Juande Ramos' Copa del Rey winners last night overcame the Primera Liga champions 5-3 - 6-3 on aggregate - at the Bernabeu to clinch the first silverware of the Spanish season.

Alves is on international duty for Brazil this week, as the recent Copa America winners face Algeria in France on Wednesday.

Chelsea earlier confirmed Claude Makelele has signed a one-year extension to his contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2009.

The 34-year-old's current deal had been set to expire at the end of the current season and he would have been able to negotiate a move away from January.

However, the French World Cup finalist has extended his stay in West London by 12 months, by which time he will be 36.