Marcos Alonso said he ‘always wanted to play for Barcelona’ when he made his official unveiling at the La Liga club.
The 31-year-old has made his long-awaited move from Chelsea to the Camp Nou after being linked with the transfer for quite some time.
Over the course of six years, Alonso has enjoyed great success at Stamford Bridge, winning six trophies including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League and was named PFA Team of the Year in 2018.
But on his unveiling in his native Spain, the left-back professed his love for Barcelona, which is perhaps unsurprising given that both his father, also Marcos Alonso, and great-grandfather played for the club.
“Having the opportunity to be part of this great team is what I’ve always wanted since I was a kid, ever since my father brought me to the Camp Nou,” said Alonso.
“I am very happy to join the team where my father triumphed. A new team, I’m starting from scratch, I have to work hard to earn a place.
‘[I can offer] mostly experience and help for the younger players. It also depends on what the boss wants from me, but I can score a goal or two from free kicks.”
Despite having an intimate connection with Barcelona, Alonso actually started his career at arch-rivals Real Madrid, where he graduated from academy but only made one senior spell for Los Blancos.
He then went on to join Bolton, Fiorentina and Sunderland on loan before joining Chelsea in 2016.
Perhaps even more bizarre, his grandfather Marquitos also played for Real Madrid and was part of the famous team that won five European Cups (Champions League) in the 1950s.
When Alonso will make his Barcelona debut, Xavi confirmed it won’t be in Wednesday’s Champions League game against Viktoria Pilsen.
‘She [Alonso and fellow new recruit Hector Bellerin] are two signings, they have to get used to what we’re doing,” said the coach.
“They haven’t had any minutes this season and need a little more physical work. Saturday [against Cadiz in the league] They will be in the squad.’
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