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Marcos Alonso: This is what I will add to Antonio Conte's Chelsea squad

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New Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso says he will be an asset in both the defensive and offensive department in Antonio Conte's squad.

The Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina for a reported fee of £23million.

He leaves Firenze after two very successful campaigns and could make his debut for the Blues on September 11 against Swansea City.

"I've always said the Premier League is the best league in the world," he told the club's official website.

"The fans and the stadiums over here are amazing so I just can't wait to make my Chelsea debut and play for the team.

"I've spoken to him [Antonio Conte]. For both of us being at Chelsea is a new challenge but I'm going to work very hard and hopefully I can help the team win many matches.

"I've played in different positions over the last few years due to a change in managers and systems, but I've always played mainly as a left-back, even if I can also play in left midfield or in central defence.

"My main aim is to defend well and I would say that's my biggest attribute, but I also like to help the team in attack.

"I'm tall so I can deal with high balls and I think I'm a good crosser, but the most important thing is to try to put all of that together in order to help the team.

"I've improved a lot in the last two years. Italy is like a masterclass for defenders. I used to play for Real Madrid and because you rarely had to defend there I used to work more on my attacking qualities, but in Italy I've improved defensively and also mentally."

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