Some Chelsea fans have slammed the club’s decision to refuse to sell this underperforming star despite strong interest in the ace from a top club this summer.

According to the Athletic (subscription required), Chelsea were unwilling to consider the sale of out of favour left-back Marcos Alonso to Atletico Madrid, despite the Spanish side’s strong interest in the defender.

The report claims that the Blues weren’t keen on offloading the star as a result of the club’s current transfer ban and the fact that they recently changed managers.

Chelsea signed the Spaniard from Serie A outfit Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 for a fee reported to be £23m by the Telegraph.

The attack-minded left-back was instrumental as the Blues lifted the Premier League trophy under Antonio Conte in the 2016/17 season.

Cracks started to emerge in the full-back’s game in the following season and the star’s form has never been at a lower point than what it was under Maurizio Sarri last season.

This sparked the promotion of Emerson Palmieri as the club’s first-choice left-back, the Italian-Brazilian has kept Alonso out of the team ever since he was given a chance in the league.