Alonso shuts down Chelsea exit talk


first_imgMarcos Alonso has shut down speculation suggesting that he could leave Chelsea this summer, with the Spaniard “very happy” at Stamford Bridge.A return to his homeland has been mooted for the 28-year-old left-back.Barcelona have been long-standing suitors, and remain in the market for competition to Jordi Alba, while Atletico Madrid are looking for a successor to the departed Filipe Luis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Alonso could be a good fit for either of the Liga heavyweights, but he is committed to a long-term contract in west London that he signed in October 2018.He claims honouring those terms is his priority at present, telling reporters when asked if he expects to remain at Chelsea for the 2019-20 campaign: “Of course. I signed a new contract last year and I’m very happy here.”I don’t know if there’s been any contact, you will have to speak to Marina [Granovskaia] about that.”Alonso added: “I have four more years here and I’m very happy.”The last three years have been amazing and I want more of that. I want to keep playing and winning things.”Marcos Alonso Chelsea 2018-19Alonso found himself slipping down the pecking order at Chelsea towards the end of last season.Maurizio Sarri began to favour Emerson Palmieri at left-back, with the Italian coach opting to try something different amid questions of a usually reliable Spaniard’s form.Alonso was an unused substitute in a Europa League final win over Arsenal as a result, with his absence from the Blues side sparking further speculation regarding a switch elsewhere.Sarri has, however, been succeeded by Frank Lampard this summer and Alonso is looking forward to embracing a “fresh start” for all concerned.He added: “I think it’s a fresh start for everyone.”Last year is part of the past and now I just want to keep working, enjoy playing and to help the team win and get better.”Of course I would love to play every minute and to always be in there. Things happen like this and now it’s a new season.”I’m very happy, training very well and looking forward to the start of the season.”Alonso joined Chelsea from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 and has taken in 120 appearances for the club, netting 18 goals along the way.last_img

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