‘All my life’: Chelsea defender says he dreams of playing in his homeland amidst expiring contract

Marcos Alonso expressed his desire to one day return to Spain as the clock continues to tick on his Chelsea career.

Speaking to AS, Alonso admitted that it has always been his dream to challenge himself in Spain.

The defender was born in the heart of the country, hailing from Madrid and joining their biggest club from a young age.

He was part of Real’s youth system but only ever made one appearance for the first team before moving to England.

A strong servant to Chelsea

Some fans may forget that his Premier League journey actually began with Bolton Wanderers back in 2010, where he spent a couple of seasons.

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Alonso then signed for Fiorentina, broken up by a loan to Sunderland.

After three years sizing up Serie A attackers, the full-back jumped on a plane to South West London in the summer of 2016.

Antonio Conte made Alonso his first defensive signing at Chelsea, a transfer that’s certainly paid off.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard has won pretty much every trophy available, with 200 appearances to his name as well.

All good things must come to an end though and for the left-back, the finishing line as a Blue seems to be in sight.

Rain on the plane to Spain

His contract expires next June, with many pondering whether he will even make it to that stage.

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In January, reports started to circle about Diego Simeone wanting him at Atletico Madrid.

Based on the player’s recent statement, this might be a seriously favourable option.

“I would love to play in La Liga, all my life I have wanted to play and be here in Spain, but the circumstances have been different and not everything has depended on me,” revealed Alonso.

“At the moment I am focused on this season and what has to be, will be.”

At 31, Chelsea’s number three probably doesn’t have many more big moves left in his locker.

If the chance to make Madrid his home again arises, we struggle to see how he could turn it down.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.