According to transfer expert Ian McGarry, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta and left-back Marcos Alonso both want to leave in January.
McGarry claims the Spain duo are keen on leaving Stamford Bridge to enhance their chances of being in the Spain squad for next year’s World Cup in Qatar and have told their agents to find them another club.
McGarry said, as quoted by Daily Express: “We’re now obviously in the countdown to Qatar, less than a calendar year, and so players are getting itchy feet with regards to if they’re not playing regularly they may well miss out, especially players of a certain age.
“That certainly applies to Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso at Chelsea.
“Two full-backs who, at one point, looked absolutely irreplaceable, [before] the emergence of Reece James and the purchase of Ben Chilwell.
“Azpilicueta and Alonso have informed their representatives to find another club or certainly to find alternatives where they believe that they will get playing time.
“They will then get a chance in doing so to earn a place in their respective World Cup squads.”
Azpilicueta is out of contract at the end of the season, though Alonso still has 18 months remaining on his deal.