Marcos Alonso has finally started getting some proper recognition recently thanks to his ridiculous habit of scoring lots of goals from left back, getting named into the Premier League Team of the Year last season and getting linked with the biggest teams back in his native Spain.
However, as much as it may be an honor to be linked with Atlético and Real Madrid, for Alonso, the allure of a return is not a factor at the moment. Having left Spain as a teenager to look for opportunities outside of the Real Madrid youth system, his intention is to return home only when his playing career is over, with many years still to go until then.
“The day I leave football, I will return to Spain. But now I have three years left at Chelsea, and I am very happy there.”
Alonso has been a fine example of how a player can still develop even in the middle years of a career. He has shown progress in each of his two seasons so far and is off to an even better start under Sarri.
“In England I feel very well known, not only by Chelsea supporters but also from fans of other teams.”
Thanks to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season, Chelsea missed out on Champions League football. However, last time that happened, we went on to win the Premier League. Alonso’s thus looking to repeat that accomplishment from his first year at the Bridge.
“Truth is, it was rotten luck not being in the Champions League this season. I believe we deserved more last season. Now we have to see if this [absence] will serve us to win the Premier League.”
-Marcos Alonso; source: El Transistor via AS
Ambitions at Stamford Bridge remain high, as they should be. If we can keep up the good results and maintain the happy environment, there is little reason to believe we cannot challenge for and perhaps even lift a trophy or two by the end of this season.