Marcos Alonso’s Chelsea career appears to be in doubt following a reported bust-up with manager Thomas Tuchel.
Journalist Nathan Gissing has claimed that the defender was brought off at half-time during the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Wolves on Saturday, 7 May due to a “heated exchange” with his boss.
Gissing also reports that the dressing room feels Alonso may have played his final ever game for the club, with his priority being to return to Spain this summer.
Barcelona are believed to be chasing the 31-year-old, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2016.
The Spanish international has made 43 Chelsea appearances this season, with Ben Chilwell’s ACL injury leaving Alonso as the only recognized left-back at the club for large spells of the campaign.
Following the draw with Wolves, which was the Blues’ third consecutive game without a win, Tuchel was asked by Chelsea’s official website why Alonso was taken off, to which the German replied:
“Marcos was not injured, it was just a decision we made.”
Alonso’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer, having made 209 appearances for the West London club, scoring 28 goals.
Chelsea’s ownership issues “not worth thinking about” for Tuchel
The Blues are limping over the line in the Premier League, having only claimed eight points from their previous seven encounters.
Conor Coady’s 97th minute equalizer for Wolves has left Chelsea nervously looking over their shoulders in the table as they lie just a point above Arsenal and are 5 points ahead of 5th-placed Tottenham with 3 games remaining.
BBC News has reported that a consortium led by LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly has been chosen as the club’s prospective new owner, but Tuchel refuses to use the takeover rumors as an excuse for his side’s poor form.
He told Chelsea.com:
“No, I don’t think ownership is a reason for lack of focus. We showed when the situation began that we can still focus. I would not consider this as advantage for Leeds as it does not change much for us because the sanctions are not lifted. It’s not worth thinking about, we have our own stuff to solve and make better.”