I bought this issue of Four Four Two, and basically that article has picked what they want out of Stevie's answer.
Here's the reply, in full:
How big a loss has Alonso been?
SG: It's always going to be different when you lose one of the best players in the world - and people are fully realising what he is, on the back of his form for Real Madrid and the difference in us from last year. I've known that Xabi is one of the best for a very long time and of course any team in the world is going to miss a guy like that.
We've got other midfielders here doing a good job, but it will take a while before Alonso's out of our system because he was such a top player. Defensively, because of his intelligence at picking up his positions, he was so good at protecting the central defenders. And going forward, he was one of the best passers of the ball I've ever played with; someone who could create something out of nothing.
He was sometimes underrated here because of the likes of Fernando Torres and that, but when you play without him you realise how much he meant to you, both as a player and the team as a whole.
You're actually really gutted about this, aren't you?
SG: Devastated, yeah. Devastated. But there was nothing I could do about it. Xabi said a long time ago that he wanted another chapter in his career and finally he got it, and his team-mates and the coaches couldn't stand in his way. And good luck to him, you know? We just have to say thanks and move forward without him.
Make of that what you will.