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Marcos Alonso is edging closer to an exit from Stamford Bridge after he has reportedly agreed a move to Atlético Madrid.
The 28-year-old left-back was left on the bench for Chelsea's 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal in the Europa League final, with Maurizio Sarri preferring Emerson Palmieri ahead of the Spaniard.
According to Marca, the snub to the Chelsea defender in the final has led him to accept an offer from Los Rojiblancos.
Atlético boss Diego Simeone would be happy to land Alonso in the summer and would offer him regular first-team football, especially after Bayern Munich broke their club-record transfer fee to land Lucas Hernández in March.
Alonso's current deal at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in 2023, but he could push through with a move if Sarri wants Emerson to be his first-choice left-back next season.
Sarri secured the first piece of major silverware in his career this season at Chelsea, but the Spain international believes that the former Napoli boss not playing football at a high level has made his position as a manager more difficult.
"It's never easy to come to a new country and new league, new football, new culture. The gaffer is still learning," he said (via talkSPORT).
"He was not a football player either, so he is learning a lot this year.
"Taking orders from someone like that can be different, but at the end of the day, we have to be professional and take on whatever he asks us for. He is different."
The Chelsea boss, who has been linked with Juventus, has admitted that he wants to stay at Chelsea, but Alonso said that it was difficult to adapt to his demands.
"I started the season very, and the team also started very well," he explained.
"Then the manager asked me for something different. I tried to do what he was asking me to do and when the team started winning games again I had a small injury in my back.
"I had to stop for a couple of games, but after that I was back playing good and getting back in the team when they needed me. Now, there is a big opportunity to end the season well and go on holiday.
"It's not easy of course to adapt. We are eleven players, all have to try to go in the same direction.
"Managers are different, they have different aspects of tactics. He wanted to change the team not just me. He wanted to change the way we start playing."
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