Antonio Conte’s title winners will always reserve a place in the collective hearts of the Chelsea faithful celebrating on the pool tables in the Transfer Tavern.
After such a miserable campaign last year, the Italian and his players have helped restore the club to the summit of English football, much to the delight of the Blues in the bar.
N’Golo Kante, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will always be remembered for their contributions, though there are a few who have seen their efforts go under the radar a bit.
Summer signing Marcos Alonso has proved a wonderful signing as a left-sided wing-back, so reports emanating out of Spain about him have been met with surprise.
Mundo Deportivo recently claimed La Liga giants Barcelona were keen on the former Bolton and Sunderland man. The 26-year-old is understood to have been considered as a potential Eric Abidal-like presence at the Camp Nou, able to operate either centrally or on the left.
Alonso’s desire to break into the Spanish national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup is also talked about, with the player reportedly acknowledging he’d have a much better chance at Barca.
Still, such is his standing in the bar, our local Chelsea fans are praying he sticks around.