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Chelsea star asks Thomas Tuchel not to pick him for Everton game

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has reportedly asked Thomas Tuchel to drop him from the squad for the Blues’ opening Premier League game of the season against Everton today (6 August).

According to Sport, the Spaniard is reluctant to play against the Toffees to avoid injury and jeopardize his move to Catalan giants Barcelona. The west London club and Xavi Hernandez’s side are believed to be close to agreeing 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 £24million. He had an incredible start to life at Stamford Bridge, scoring six goals in 31 games in his debut season. The left-back helped the Blues win the 2016-17 Premier League title.

The Spaniard took his performances to a new 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.

Barcelona finalize Marcos Alonso deal! Barça and Chelsea finalize the agreement and are working on the final details to finalize the deal very soon. 🚨🔵🔴 #FCBI was told that the final fee will be less than 10 million euros. Personal conditions already agreed three months ago.

The England international replaced Alonso as the Blues’ first-choice left-back as the Spaniard lacked speed and physical presence. However, the 31-year-old was in the starting XI for much of last season after Chilwell suffered a serious knee injury in November.

The former Fiorentina star’s contract with Chelsea has just one year left. According to Barcablaugranes, the left-back is keen to return to Spain this summer.

Barcelona are keen to sign a quality left-back this summer as they lack sufficient coverage and competition for veteran defender Jordi Alba. The Spaniard is approaching the final stages of his career and could struggle to play regularly.

Chelsea are spending big to sign Marcos Alonso’s replacement

Reading v Brighton & Hove Albion - pre-season friendly
Reading v Brighton & Hove Albion – pre-season friendly

Chelsea have already signed Marcos Alonso’s replacement. The Blues have acquired Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion for a fee of over £60million, according to Sky Sports. This makes him the most expensive defender in club history.

Cucurella joined the Seagulls from Getafe last summer for just £16million. He enjoyed an incredible debut season with the club as his consistent performances helped them finish ninth in the Premier League table. He also received Brighton Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards.

Hello Blues, I’m finally here! I’m so proud to join this team and lucky to have achieved one of my dreams since I was a child and that was to play for CHELSEA FC. I can’t wait to get started! 💙

The 23-year-old’s technical and defensive skills make him an ideal replacement for Marcos Alonso at Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel benefits from his possible roles as a left-back, left-back and left-back.

Cucurella could make his first appearance for the Blues as early as Saturday as Alonso is reluctant to be involved against Frank Lampard’s side.


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