Alonso hints at quitting Chelsea this summer amid transfer interest from Real Madrid

MARCOS ALONSO has hinted at quitting Chelsea this summer amid reported transfer interest from former club Real Madrid as well as city rivals Atletico.

The Spaniard only signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge last October, but has struggled for form and fitness under coach Maurizio Sarri.

The 28-year-old is wanted by Diego Simeone but may favour a return to the Bernabeu, the club where he came through the youth ranks before signing for Bolton in 2010.

The wing-back lost his place in the Blues' side to Emerson Palmieri at the end of the season and is now unlikely to start the Europa League final against Arsenal next week.

When quizzed by the Evening Standard if he was happy at Chelsea in light of Real's interest, Alonso said: "I am very happy here but we will see what happens this summer.

"There is always talk [like this]. Is it a compliment? Yes. It means I'm doing well if other teams are trying to get in touch.

Is it a compliment? Yes. It means I'm doing well if other teams are trying to get in touch

"But first of all, I'm focusing on the final. I am very happy to have four more years here and hopefully, I will stay many more years here."

Alonso moved to Stamford Bridge in 2016 and was a mainstay in Antonio Conte's Chelsea team that won the Premier League in 2017, and the FA Cup last year.

However, the Spanish international has struggled since Sarri's arrival, with the Italian deploying him as an orthodox left-back over his more-favoured wing-back role.

His performances have seen him targeted for criticism from Chelsea's fans and he was left on the bench for both legs of the semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

He added: "For me personally, the path changed. I started very well, then the manager wanted different things from me.

"After that, I was trying to do what he wanted and then he told me he wanted to play like I was at the beginning of the season. So maybe that has conditioned a little bit the way of my game.

"Has the criticism from the fans affected me? No. Football is like this."

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