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26-year-old Marcos Alonso joined Chelsea for £23 million last summer despite holding talks with Barcelona over a potential move.

Alonso revealed he dumped Barcelona for Chelsea because he has always loved Chelsea.

“There were some great teams interested in me in the summer but I decided to join Chelsea because they are a team that I have always liked,” Alonso told IBTimes UK.

“I saw a possibility of succeeding here. I had some other offers from other teams from Italy and Spain but when Chelsea came to me, I did not think twice.

“Chelsea are a club that had always attracted me. From my early days at Bolton, I knew that Chelsea were a great club and the truth is that I was right to come here.

“Well, I think there was some conversations (with Barcelona) but the truth is that at that point, it was not in my plans to leave Fiorentina.

“It was only when the interest from Chelsea arrived in the summer that I started to consider to make a change.”

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