Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has signed a new five-year contract with the club, which will run till 2023, the Premier League club announced this Wednesday.
Since joining the Blues from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016, Alonso has helped the team win the Premier League in the 2016-17 season and the FA Cup last year, under Antonio Conte. From the very beginning, Alonso has managed to establish himself as a key member of the squad, playing both as a left-back and a wing-back. His remarkable transition from a wing-back under Antonio Conte to more of a traditional left full-back under current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been quite impressive.
As reported by Sky Sports, Sarri rated Alonso as Europe’s best left-back right now while having an interview back in September.
“Physical qualities at the top level, I think. He’s doing very well in the offensive phase. I also think he can improve in the defensive phase. He could be the best left-back in the world.”
The former Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers defender has made 92 appearances in all competitions for the Blues till now, scoring 15 goals and providing 11 assists.
The Spaniard also made his international debut during his spell at Chelsea, due to his convincing performances under former Blues’ manager Antonio Conte. Since getting his first call-up from the national side in March, Alonso has been capped three times by Spain.
Chelsea also posted an update about the left-back committing his long-term future to the club.
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On Chelsea’s official website, the 27-year old expressed his delight to extend his stay at the Bridge and vowed to deliver his best football in years to come.
Marina Granovskaia, the Director of Chelsea said:
“We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract. In the past two seasons, he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.”