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Marcos Alonso open to signing new Chelsea contract

Marcos Alonso is open to the possibility of penning a new contract at Chelsea.

The Spaniard has been with the Blues since the summer of 2016. He is currently on the cusp of making 200 appearances for the club across all competitions.

Ahead of the Club World Cup final against Palmeiras on Saturday, Alonso has refused to rule out the prospect of extending his contract which expires in June 2023.

He told Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella: “Why not [stay longer]? For me, I still have another year-and-a-half on my contract. I’m not thinking further than Saturday at the moment.

“It’s a question I don’t know the answer to and it doesn’t just depend on what I want. But I will always try to give 100 per cent and always focus on the next game. I am very happy here so why not?”

The left-back has experienced a mixed relationship with the Blues faithful. While he has impressed going forward over the years, there has been criticism over his defensive awareness.

The 31-year-old has shared his playing time with Ben Chilwell since last summer. It seemed Chilwell had established himself earlier this season before his serious knee injury.

The England star has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign. This should only benefit Alonso, who is the only senior left wing-back option in the squad at the moment.

Kenedy was recently recalled from Flamengo to provide back-up, but the Brazilian has yet to make an appearance. He has been an unused substitute in the last two games.

The Blues’ hierarchy have a big decision to make over Alonso’s future this summer.

While the club tend to prioritise one-year rolling contracts to players aged above 30, Alonso could be eyeing a multi-year deal which the hierarchy may be reluctant to offer.

There is no denying that Alonso is equipped to playing in the left wing-back role, but he does not offer the same level of performance in a back four with more defensive work.

However, it appears manager Thomas Tuchel could stick with the successful 3-4-2-1 system going forward, which would make Alonso a solid deputy and competitor for Chilwell.

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