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Barcelona first-team star opens up on ‘reluctantly’ joining Real Madrid in his youth career



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FC Barcelona star Marcos Alonso has opened up about his footballing past in a recent interview. The defender particularly talked about his previous stint at Real Madrid, suggesting that his heart was always at Barça.

A left-back by trade, Alonso is a native of Madrid who started his youth career in the club’s youth system way back in 1999. Although he was able to make just one competitive appearance for Los Blancos, he was a part of the club’s youth system for 11 long years.

However, Alonso says it was always his desire to join Barcelona. “Throughout my career, I always wanted to sign for Barcelona, it was my team since I was a child,” he said, as quoted by MARCA.

“I trialled Real Madrid reluctantly, my parents laughed at me, but it was the best way for me to develop,” he added.

Alonso left the Real Madrid setup in 2010, joining Bolton Wanderers in a deal worth €2.4 million. Since then, he has had spells at Chelsea, Fiorentina and Sunderland, before eventually joining Barcelona on the transfer deadline this past summer.

“I took a risk because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone,” Alonso said when asked about his decision to join Barça.

Since joining, Alonso has become a crucial player for Xavi, with the Barcelona coaches reportedly keen on extending his contract. Alonso’s current deal at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season, but the new deal could see him extend his stay at the club at least until 2024.

Alonso, for his part, hopes to put his Real Madrid past behind him and wants to continue at Camp Nou for the years to come.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future




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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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