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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso has confirmed his teammate and compatriot Alvaro Morata is keen to be included in the 23-man-squad for World Cup 2018 in Russia next summer.

“Alvaro was not happy [with the decision]” Alonso told Spanish reporters.

“He has gone through a difficult few months with a back injury. He is now 100 per cent and the other day he scored”. 

Marcos Alonso added: “Morata is a very important player for us. I hope he will do well from here until the end of the season and he gets to go to the World Cup.”

Spain will be facing Germany and Argentine in two friendlies respectively set on Friday 23 March and Tuesday 27 March.

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa spoke about the end of his professional relationship with Chelsea:

“It is very clear that it was not my fault that I was in Brazil,” Costa said in a press conference in Spain today.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, as well as forward Alvaro Morata, (Spain) has not been selected in the England squad to face Holland and Italy next week. Antonio Conte believes the defender deserves to be called in Gareth Southgate‘s final selection to play the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “For sure you are talking about a really good player, with great quality as a player and also human qualities. It is difficult for me with my past to speak about the decisions of the manager of the national team. We have to respect, also because this is not the final call for the World Cup. Maybe the manager wants to try or find out new solutions. There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of the coach before preparing the final list, and you have to try to have a very clear mind”.

“This is the last opportunity for the managers of the national teams to explore new situations. Gary is a player who for his experience and for the quality of the player and the person, I hope he goes in the national team and plays another World Cup. Usually with the national team, you can call also players who are not playing with regularity. When I was coach with the national team, it happened because I trusted in the players and it can happen that when a player is with a great team with a lot of competition, you can stay on the bench”.

Also Alvaro Morata has a clear chance to be included in Spain National Team again, according to the Italian manager: “I understand it is a hard time but there is only one way, to work hard and show that you deserve to play for the national. team That is the only way, not to complain, and I can help them to improve and to work very hard and show that they deserve to go”.

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Bad news for two important Chelsea‘s players: striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have not been included by coach Julien Lopetegui in the Spain squad who will face Germany and Argentina in two friendlies.

On the other hand Marcos Alonso has been selected and he can collect his first cap with Spain.


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Marcos Alonso can complete a return to Real Madrid next summer: the Spanish left-back, who grew up as a player in the Merengues academy, can sign again for the Spanish giants since he is one of the first name that Zinedine Zidane submitted to chairman Florentino Perez in order to revamp his squad for next season.

Alonso left Real Madrid in summer 2010, when he signed for Bolton at the age of 20: he then moved to Fiorentina, who loaned him to Sunderland for some months in 2014, and after impressing in his last two seasons in the Tuscan side signed for Chelsea in summer 2016 in a £ 25m move.

The Spaniard made an impact in this first year and half at Stamford Bridge, at the point to attract the attention of Real Madrid again, with Zidane that aims to sign him next summer to replace Marcelo, who is not performing at the same levels of the past seasons, as Don Balón reports.


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Football - Chelsea Training - Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Holland - 14/5/13 Chelsea's Juan Mata (R) with interim manager Rafael Benitez during training

Juan Mata and Rafa Benitez will be rivals next weekend when their current clubs, Manchester United and Newcastle, will face each other in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of this clash the Spanish midfielder claimed he was lucky to work under his compatriot when they were both at Chelsea in 2013, a short spell for Benitez that ended with the win of the Europa League in Amsterdam.

“Today, we return to training with the mindset on the Newcastle match and the importance of the months that lie ahead, as they come loaded with games, especially during the Christmas period”, Mata wrote in his blog.

“These are moments in which good form of the team can be decisive for the second part of the season.

“Returning now to our game against Newcastle on Saturday, everyone knows they are newly-promoted but they are still a big club with several Spanish players.

“Among them Rafa Benitez, a manager with whom I was lucky to work with in the past.

“It will be nice to see him again.

“We hope to play a good game that allows us to get all three points, and continue showing that strength in Old Trafford.”

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Alvaro Morata was among the scorers in Spain’s 5-0 friendly victory against Costa Rica at La Rosaleda.

The Chelsea striker was quick to exploit an easy rebound from a close range as David Silva’s effort was deflected by Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Danny Carvajal. The Manchester City star scored a brace, with also Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta who found the net in a comfortable win in Malaga.

Davide Zappacosta will face Sweden for the second-leg of World Qualifiers play-off on Monday night at San Siro in Milan, with Andreas Christensen involved in Ireland-Denmark on Tuesday night. The defender was an unused substitute in last night’s 0-0 at Telia Parken in Copenaghen.

Willian was given the armband in the friendly of Brazil against Japan at Pierre-Mauroy in Lille: Neymar Jr, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus secured the Selecao a three-goal lead in a comfortable and deserved 3-1 victory.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham made their senior England debuts against Germany, with also Antonio Rudiger on the pitch for the visitors.

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Marcos Alonso still hopes to be included in the Spain national team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but he knows he has to perform well and win some titles with Chelsea if he wants to get that chance.

From the moment I arrived here, I have felt great playing as a starter,” – Alonso told Cadena Ser Radio – “We had a great season and we deserved the Premier league title. I’ve continued my development at Chelsea and I have to continue to work in order to improve. It’s not going to be easy to win the Premier League again,” he said. “There are many teams that can opt for the title. We saw it two years ago that even a team like Leicester can compete and win the league. The two Manchester teams have strengthened their sides very well. Tottenham have a solid group that has worked together for some time, Liverpool have a strong side. We will fight in each game to give ourselves a chance to be there in the battle.”

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Chelsea duo formed by Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro sealed an important win against Israel last night in the World Cup Qualifiers’ last game ahead of Russia 2018.

Spain scored with Asier Illaramendi in the second half, while Pedro went close to scoring in the first period before being substituted by manager Julen Lopetegui.

Also Davide Zappacosta came on in Italy’s 1-0 win in Albania thanks to Antonio Candreva.

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After his injury to the left hamstring during the Premier League game vs Manchester City, Alvaro Morata had some medical tests in Spain.

The Spanish striker was ruled out of Spain’s World Cup Qualifiers vs Albania and Israel and after the medical assessment it is believed Morata could be out for around four weeks.

However, when Morata himself will be back from Spain, Chelsea will conduct their own tests.



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