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Potential best left back in Europe Marcos Alonso happy to extend Chelsea contract

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Stamford Bridge is the place where he wants to be

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Chelsea confirmed the good news this morning that Marcos Alonso had renewed his contract with the club, signing on the dotted line for the next five years, through June 2023. Such news often comes as a surprise, but not only was it already reported the day before, Alonso himself had let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago.

And yet, even with all those right intentions, the process took a few months, which perhaps highlights how complicated football transfers and contracts can be.

“It’s been a few months talking, but my intention was always to stay here.

“I am where I want to be, and I am very happy to have signed finally. The atmosphere here has always been very good. I am very happy with the players, the staff. The fans have also been very important for me to stay here. I always feel the love from them every game, home and away, and that is important for me as well.”

As revealed in this snippet from an awkward staged chat with Cesc Fabregas, Alonso is targeting further happiness with further trophies at the club, with the Champions League the ultimate holy grail.

Alonso’s already won a Premier League title and an FA Cup trophy during his first two seasons with the Blues. European glory sure sounds nice as the next step.

“The ambitions for the club are also high which is important as well. I have been here two years, we have won two titles, and I am hungry for more. Here is where I want to win and want to keep improving.”

-Marcos Alonso; source: Chelsea FC

Constant improvement is a theme touched on by head coach Maurizio Sarri as well, who reiterated his claim that Alonso has the capacity to become the best in Europe is he can balance his excellence in attack with excellence in defence.

“I’m very happy for him. I think that he can be the best left-back in Europe. I think he needs to improve in the defensive phase as he played in a five, now he plays in a four. If he can improve I think he will be the best left-back in Europe.”

-Maurizio Sarri; source: Football.London

Alonso’s response?

“That’s nice words from him! That was always my dream, to become one of the best in my position. That’s what I am working for. I know I can always improve and get better.”

-Marcos Alonso; source: Chelsea FC

Sounds good!