Three big questions: Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso and the uncertain future

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Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has had a roller coaster of a career in London. What does the future hold for the Spanish left back?

It is pretty clear that Chelsea wants a left back, which leaves a very open question as to who stays and who goes to make room. Alonso seems to have the best case for staying, but his Chelsea career has overall been a bit of a roller coaster. What questions need to be asked about him going into next season?

1. Will he still be around next season?

This is the most obvious question. Chelsea wants a new left back. That surely means one will have to leave. So if it comes down to Alonso or Emerson, who is out the door?

Seemingly, the latter has the most transfer interest. Italian clubs have a soft spot for the former Roma player and despite not playing much, that has not gone away. Alonso does not have nearly as many suitors, on paper at least, but that does not mean the potential is not there for him to depart.

Alonso is at the point of his career where he knows what he can offer and he would prefer to do that on the field rather than the bench. His family has history with both Madrid clubs and both have been linked previously, so if either comes calling, it would be surprising to see him turn them down.

As it stands, he is much more likely to stay than go because of the financial situation in Madrid, but things can change rapidly if the right moves are made.

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