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Bolton to tie-up 2.2m deal for Real Madrid defender Marcos Alonso

26 Jul 2010 11:59:02

Bolton to tie-up 2.2m deal for Real Madrid defender Marcos Alonso

Real Madrid's teenage full-back Marcos Alonso has confirmed he is ready to join Bolton Wanderers in a £2.2m deal this week. The 19-year-old Spanish defender, who can also play in midfield, says he turned down the chance to sign for Portuguese giants Benfica in order to play at the Reebok Stadium this season. Alonso was wooed by Bolton's long-standing attention and the lure of first team football in the Premier League proved the clincher. Keen on the first team: Marcos Alonso wants to escape reserve team football New Real manger Jose Mourinho was prepared to release Alonso, who has been frustrated by his inability to break through from the youth ranks and reserves to the first team at the Bernabeu. 'It's hard for a young player at Real Madrid as they always buy players,' said Alonso. 'There's a lot of pressure to win trophies, so they don't give youngsters or reserves a chance. 'If I stayed I could have been in the reserves for years, but I knew I had to go to play football at the best level possible. 'I was impressed that Bolton watched me in the reserves and wanted me for a long time. 'I could have gone to Benfica, but felt they only wanted me as part of the deal for Angel Di Maria.' From Real Madrid to Bolton... Coyle nears deal for Alonso and MorenoPremier League kit special: The strips your team will be wearing next seasonWenger challenges Wilshere to make his mark in Arsenal teamBOLTON WANDERERS FC


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