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‘What a joke’ and ‘why?’ – These Chelsea fans slam club’s decision not to sell star amid interest from Euro giants

Some Chelsea fans have slammed the club’s decision to refuse to sell this underperforming star despite strong interest in the ace from a top club this summer.

According to the Athletic (subscription required), Chelsea were unwilling to consider the sale of out of favour left-back Marcos Alonso to Atletico Madrid, despite the Spanish side’s strong interest in the defender.

The report claims that the Blues weren’t keen on offloading the star as a result of the club’s current transfer ban and the fact that they recently changed managers.

Chelsea signed the Spaniard from Serie A outfit Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 for a fee reported to be £23m by the Telegraph.

The attack-minded left-back was instrumental as the Blues lifted the Premier League trophy under Antonio Conte in the 2016/17 season.

Cracks started to emerge in the full-back’s game in the following season and the star’s form has never been at a lower point than what it was under Maurizio Sarri last season.

This sparked the promotion of Emerson Palmieri as the club’s first-choice left-back, the Italian-Brazilian has kept Alonso out of the team ever since he was given a chance in the league.

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Marcos Alonso in action for Chelsea last season.

Alonso has made just one appearance off the bench for Frank Lampard’s side this season.

See More: Emerson almost joined rivals Liverpool before his move to Chelsea.

Emerson is a more modern full-back, Alonso is undoubtedly ferocious going forward – but his lack of pace and tendency to look out of depth in defence make him a liability.

Here’s how Chelsea fans reacted to the news:

Whilst some fans aren’t happy that Alonso is still at the club, it was really the only viable option considering the side’s transfer ban.

If he was sold, an injury to Emerson would leave the Blues with a serious problem at left-back. Alonso has more than enough in his locker to deliver solid performances on a backup basis in less important fixtures.

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