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Chelsea fullback Alonso: Real Madrid and Bolton very important for me

Chelsea fullback Marcos Alonso says every move since his days with Real Madrid have improved him.

Alonso broke through at Real Madrid as a teenager before moving to Bolton in 2010 and he had a loan spell at Sunderland in 2014 before impressing at Italian club Fiorentina.

"They were all very important stages in my career," he said. "Before Bolton I played for Real Madrid and I was getting involved in the first-team training since I was 16 and then I played with the first team at 18.

"Bolton was another important stage for me. I learned a lot, even if I didn't fight for any titles. We were not too close, only one semi-final of the FA Cup and then I went to Sunderland for only four or five months and we fought relegation.

"At the end of the day we did a very good second half and we played in the final of the (2016 League) Cup.

"That was all very important for me to be the footballer I am today. You learn more when it's hard than when it's easy.

"I'm very happy about my career, and I'm proud of having played in Bolton and Sunderland. Still today I follow them and want what's best for them.

"That makes you enjoy the good moments even more and fight to keep playing for a good team and keep playing for titles and not fighting for relegation.

"It was perfect for me to improve as a player and to learn. I'm very happy with my career."

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