‘I felt important’: Player who Tuchel released now admits he would be happy to return to Chelsea under Graham Potter

Marcos Alonso admits he would’ve been happy to stay at Chelsea after his contract was terminated over the summer.

Speaking to SPORT, the defender explained that remaining at Stamford Bridge for another season instead of joining Barcelona wouldn’t have been the worst option in the world.

Alonso was released by the Blues before the campaign kicked off, allowing Barca to snap up him on a one-year deal.

The Spain international returned to the club where his father, also named Marcos, made over 100 appearances during the 1980s.

 

Some of the Camp Nou faithful probably recoiled slightly at the arrival of Alonso Jnr, considering he started his career at Real Madrid.

But the 31-year-old hasn’t donned a Los Blancos jersey for more than a decade, with most of his career spent in England.

He played for Bolton between 2010 and 2013, before joining Sunderland on loan in 2014.

Chelsea snapped up the Spaniard in 2016, where he would go on to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

Does Alonso have unfinished business with the Blues?
Although not always the supporters’ favourite, Alonso served the Londoners admirably right up until he was let go by Thomas Tuchel.

Marc Cucurella’s move from Brighton & Hove Albion basically signalled the end for his compatriot.

Yet, despite leaving the English capital rather unceremoniously, Alonso revealed his Chelsea journey could’ve easily continued.

“It was a bit stressful, but the other option was to stay at Chelsea, a team where I felt important,” he remarked on his transfer to Barca.

“I’ve been there for many years and if I didn’t go out and stay there, it wouldn’t have been bad.”

Alonso has since made 11 appearances for Xavi, mainly as a centre-back.

He started alongside Gerard Pique for his final ever game on Saturday, a landmark occasion for the sport.

A day later, Alonso’s successor Cucurella suffered a damning defeat in the derby against Arsenal.

Football really is a funny old thing.

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