Date: 6th September 2018 at 4:30pm
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Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso has said he would like to stay at Stamford Bridge until he retires.

The Spaniard, who signed a five-year deal when he joined from Fiorentina for £23m in 2016, told Spanish radio station Onda Cero that he doesn’t see himself leaving the club:

“I’ve never been away from Chelsea this summer, I’m very happy there. Unless the club wanted to sell me, my wish is that to stay, the day I decide to retire from football I will return to Spain, but now I have a three-year contract with Chelsea and I am very happy there.”

Alonso has been linked on and off with move to Real Madrid. Even yesterday, Spanish website Don Balon suggested that the La Liga club could consider a January bid for the left-back.

Real see the 27-year-old as an ideal replacement for Marcelo who Juventus have been pursuing in recent weeks.

Alonso has been a revelation since his arrival two years ago. He thrived playing as a wing-back under Antonio Conte while new manager Maurizio Sarri has hailed him as the best left-back in Europe.

Yet, he wasn’t given his first cap for Spain’s senior side until March this year. He could be in for more appearances under new national team boss Luis Enrique though, after being named in his first squad for the upcoming internationals against England and Croatia.