Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has reportedly requested Thomas Tuchel to leave him out of the squad for the Blues’ opening Premier League game of the season against Everton today (August 6).
According to Sport, the Spaniard is reluctant to play against the Toffees to avoid sustaining an injury and jeopardizing his move to Catalan giants Barcelona. The west London club and Xavi Hernandez’s side are believed to be close to agreeing on a deal for the veteran left-back.
Marcos Alonso has been a key member of Chelsea’s squad since joining the club from Fiorentina in 2016 for £24 million. He enjoyed an incredible start to life at Stamford Bridge, scoring six goals in 31 games in his debut campaign, The left-back helped the Blues win the 2016-17 Premier League title.
The Spaniard took his performances to another level the following season, scoring seven goals in 33 Premier League games and helping the Blues win the FA Cup. He continued to be an integral part of the club’s starting line-up until the arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City in 2020.
The England international replaced Alonso as the Blues’ first-choice left-back due to the Spaniard’s lack of speed and physical presence. However, the 31-year-old enjoyed a lengthy spell in the starting line-up last season after Chilwell suffered a serious knee injury in November.
The former Fiorentina star has just one year remaining on his contract with Chelsea. As per Barcablaugranes, the left-back is keen to return to Spain this summer.
Barcelona are keen to sign a top-quality left-back this summer as they lack adequate cover and competition for veteran defender Jordi Alba. The Spaniard is approaching the latter stages of his career and could struggle to play on a regular basis.