Claudio Ranieri: This Chelsea defender has really impressed me

The former Chelsea manager singles out Marcos Alonso for praise after his first season in west London

Marcos Alonso and his Chelsea team-mates Photo: Marcos Alonso/Instagram

Claudio Ranieri has singled out Marcos Alonso for special praise as Chelsea close in on the Premier League title.

The Blues signed the Spanish defender in a £17m deal from Serie A outfit Fiorentina back in the summer transfer window following Antonio Conte’s appointment.

Alonso initially struggled to break into Conte’s first-team at the start of the 2016-17 season before the Chelsea boss turned to the left-back following losses to Arsenal and Liverpool in September.

Indeed, the ex-Bolton Wanderers defender slotted into the Italian’s starting line-up at left wing-back and the 25-year-old has established himself as a regular in the first-team.

Alonso scored Chelsea’s third goal in a 3-1 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening following Adam Smith’s own goal and Eden Hazard’s stylish finish.

The Chelsea defender has now scored five times and has made two assists in 26 games in the Premier League in the 2016-17 season.

Speaking to Sky Sports’s Monday Night Football show, former Chelsea and Leicester manager Ranieri said:

“Marcos Alonso has made a very good season.”

Chelsea travel to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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