£50,000-a-week defender committed to Chelsea despite transfer link

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has stressed that he has no desire to returning to Spain in the near future. The Spain international was linked with both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid during the recent transfer window but he has now highlighted the ambition to stay put with the Blues.

In an interview with AS, Alonso indicated that he has three years remaining on his current deal with the west London giants and he aims to honour the length of the deal at the least. Alonso had found very little success during his Premier League stints with Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers in the past but things have paved for him differently since his Stamford Bridge move in the summer of 2016.

Initially, the Blues supporters were not very excited by the prospect of entertaining a Premier League drop but he has certainly lived to their expectations over the past three years where he has gone on to become the most effective Premier League defender, contributing 15 goals and a further eight assists across all competitions.

As such, the £50,000-a-week (The Daily Star)left-back has indicated that his international recognition with La Roja has come about due to his current Premier League stint and he is presently ‘very happy’ with his role with the 2016/17 English champions.

Aside from Alonso, both Eden Hazard and Willian were linked with probable moves away from Stamford Bridge during the summer but ultimately, the Blues managed to keep hold of the services of both.

Willian had captured the attention of Barcelona during the early stages of the transfer window but the arrival of a new manager (Maurizio Sarri) at the helm convinced him to continue his trade with the Capital outfit.

On the other hand, Hazard personally admitted that it could be time to move on after six seasons with the Blues but he thereafter said that he would remain committed for the ongoing campaign.

Hazard in particular has been disappointed with the club’s failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League and he could part ways with the Blues next summer, should they fail to either finish in the top four or win the Europa League altogether this term.

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