Bayern Munich, who are targeting young talent in the current transfer window, have confirmed their strong interest in English teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi amid reports the defending German champions have agreed a fee with Chelsea.
Chelsea are desperate to keep hold of Hudson-Odoi, who made a surprise start against Tottenham in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday and was hugely impressive.
'All credit to him, he has shown what he is capable of, shown why he is getting this attention and hopefully he signs his contract and does it many more times for Chelsea'.
"I'm very disappointed because they didn't cause us any trouble, we controlled the game and were the better team but we lost 1-0". "It was a general question from him". "I can advise him but at the end of the day he decides his future".
His sole Premier League appearance so far this season was as an injury replacement in a 2-1 win at Watford on December 26.
"He is a good player, but he is very young", said Alonso. You can see it from both sides.
"We certainly value him as a player".
"He played like a player of 25 or 26 years, I think - very good match of application, very good in the defensive phase, very, very good. He was completely normal in this period". It's about patience. I believe he has a bright future with us.
"Today it created a lot of confusion, I don't know what they have to do, but they have to explain it properly to the linesmen and referee to us, because if the guy stopped then I don't know why play kept going".