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Published: 17:50 | 31/8/16

Chelsea bring in Alonso


Chelsea have signed Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Fiorentina had dismissed reports linking Alonso with a return to the Premier League earlier this week, but the Italian club have agreed a deal to sell the former Bolton and Sunderland left-back to Chelsea.

The 25-year-old becomes the first defender signed by manager Antonio Conte and he admits he did not hesitate when he learned of Chelsea's interest in him.

"I’m very happy. It’s a step up in my career and I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing. It’s time for me to win some titles," Alonso told chelseafc.com.

"It was an easy decision for me to make when I heard the club were interested in signing me. My family and close friends know Chelsea is the club I have dreamed about playing for so I’m really excited about the challenge and I'm looking forward to working with my new team-mates."

Alonso played alongside Gary Cahill during his time at Bolton and was a member of the Sunderland side that won at Stamford Bridge to end Jose Mourinho's 77-game undefeated league run at the stadium.

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