With Belgian ace Eden Hazard still not committing his future to Chelsea, the last thing Blues fans want to read is that flying wing-back Marcos Alonso is now the subject of very real interest from a potential suitor.
Hazard, who is preparing for the FIFA World Cup in Russia with Belgium, has spoken of the uncertainty surrounding the position of the manager Antonio Conte. He has intimated that he won’t gauge his feelings about his future at the club until it becomes clear who is at the Stamford Bridge helm next season.
As if that is not worrying enough, we now learn that Real Madrid are circling with designs on a move for Alonso. The Spanish press is suggesting that Alonso, aged 27, is one of the Galacticos president Florentino Perez’s top targets.
Alonso remains coy about any suggestion that he would leave the club, but if he were to be tempted by any club in the world, it would be the Spanish giants. He was born in Madrid and spent time at the outfit’s youth academy before moving to Bolton Wanderers and then moving to Fiorentina (from whom Chelsea snapped him up).
Losing Alonso would be a major blow; he has matured into a highly effective marauder who can both defend and attack with equal aplomb. He was instrumental in the season on which the curtain came down in May yet like the rest of his team-mates, knows there is potentially more to come from the group. Yes, the Blues got their hands on the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley. But finishing fifth in the Premier League means the club will miss out on Champions League football next season and have to make do with the lesser tournament that is the Europa league.
One ray of hope for Blues supporters is a recent statement from Alonso in which he showed that his focus was on staying in London. He said: “I have not considered that possibility of leaving Chelsea. I just try to give my best to my team.” It must be stressed this was before the Real Madrid interest surfaced. Time will tell.
All of the uncertainty stems from the unsettled position of the owner, Roman Abramovich, who has recently been denied a visa by the UK government. This in turn has put paid to the club pressing ahead with a new, state-of-the-art stadium, and adds more fuel to the rumour that Conte is on his way. As of yet, the silence coming out of Stamford Bridge regarding the whole sorry mess is deafening.
The unrest has led to speculation about Blues stars being available for transfer and another ace being talked about regards a move is hugely influential midfielder N’Golo Kante, who is said to be on the radar of moneybags Paris Saint-Germain. Losing Hazard is unthinkable, Losing Alonso is, too. Losing Kante into the bargain is beyond terrible.