Alonso Reveals Why He Wants To Be Like Barkley

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Marcos Alonso is in his fourth year at Chelsea since joining the Blues from Fiorentina in 2016.

The 28-year-old has admitted that he found it difficult to grasp the language and speaking English in England is quite difficult due to the various accents.

The Spaniard has had a brief loan spell with Sunderland and spent three years as a Bolton player between 2010 and 2013, and he has revealed that he wants to improve his English and sound more like Ross Barkley.

Alonso told the official Chelsea website: “I first learned English at about 12 at school when I was a kid. In Spain, everyone learns English as the main language after Spanish, and at school, I used to try to learn but when I came to England it wasn’t easy, it was difficult with the different accents in Bolton and Sunderland.

“It is not easy to speak perfectly if you don’t do lessons and you have lots of bad habits when talking to other people who are not English as well.

“But I like to do accents though. Accents like Ross Barkley’s from Liverpool. I like to understand different accents and try to copy.”

Alonso also revealed a phrase used by Chelsea players he only recently came to learn:

He said: “You cannot say ‘over’ when you are playing, they just say ‘Jack’s’ instead. I think it is something from the Chelsea Academy. Eddie [Newton] told me the other day so instead of saying ‘over’ when there is a ball and you want to say ‘over’ for someone to leave it to you, the referee can give a free-kick for that so you can say ‘Jack’s’ instead.”

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