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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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Alvaro Morata is among the injured players ruled out of World Cup qualifiers with Spain, who will face Albania and Israel on Monday and on 9th October respectively.

An official statement from the National Team confirmed that Julen Lopetegui will be without Real Madrid‘s Dani Carvajal (viral infection), Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata and Barcelona star Andres Iniesta (hamstring issue).

Alvaro Morata impressed with the Premier League champions so far as he scored 7 goals in 8 matches under manager Antonio Conte. The Spaniard left the pitch in the first half of last game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, before Kevin De Bruyne secured Pep Guardiola’s men a crucial win for their title hopes.


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Alvaro Morata was very close to join AC Milan before signing for Chelsea in the end of July.

The Spanish striker already knew that he had to move out of Real Madrid in the end of last season and agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri before the Champions League final in Cardiff against Juventus, his former team in Serie A.

It was after winning the European Cup with the Merengues for the second time in three years that he understood he couldn’t join another Italian side that was not Juventus, so he chose to move to Premier League instead, as Italian transfer market pundit Fabrizio Romano reveals.

This is what Calciomercato.com writes about the deal:

The former Juventus star, however,  had came close to joining AC Milan before his move to Chelsea. Morata, in fact, had agreed to join the rossoneri agreeing an € 8 million-a-year deal. Our transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano can exclusively reveal that the player agreed personal terms with the Serie A giants before the Champions League final but after the game in Cardiff against Juventus he openly admitted that it would have been hard for him to join an Italian club that is not Juve.

The offer of AC Milan was also not enough for Real Madrid. The rossoneri, in fact, had ‘only’ offered Real Madrid € 65 million, not enough for Zinedine Zidane who didn’t want to sell Morata or would have agreed to sell him for a higher transfer fee.

A few months later Chelsea signed the Spaniard for a fee close to € 80 million with the La Liga giants who had to sell the Spain International who was pushing to join a bigger club and get more game time away from the Bernabeu.

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New Blues striker Alvaro Morata showed he improved his playing style in a new team and new type of football as Chelsea and Premier League.

The hero of the win over Everton, however, claimed he needs more time to adapt better and fully show his enormous potential:

“I’m happy because I scored, I took an assist and the team won,” the Spaniard said after scoring a goal and giving an assist against Toffees.

“It was an important win. At Stamford Bridge we need to win all the games or try to take the three points.

“It’s important for me to play and to make adaptations to my game. It’s not easy: a new country, another language, another style of football. I need time for all the things in the Premier League but I’m okay, my teammates give me a hand to make it easy and I’m very happy to be here.”


Spanish striker Pedro, Tuesday night scored the third Chelsea goal vs Huddersfield Town and he caused many troubles to the Blues opponent playing up front with Willian and Eden Hazard. "It’s very good...