Sunderland loan star Alonso braced for Italy return

Marcos Alonso.
Marcos Alonso.

MARCOS ALONSO is unsure whether his long-term future lies at Sunderland, although he is bracing himself to return to Italy at the end of the season.

On-loan Fiorentina defender Alonso (pictured) has proved to be an immediate success after becoming Gus Poyet’s first signing as Sunderland boss, with the Spaniard emerging as a fixture in the left-back slot.

Sunderland are thought to be keen on converting Alonso’s loan into a permanent deal, while the 23-year-old himself is privately open to the idea of remaining at the Stadium of Light.

But while Alonso has stressed his happiness on Wearside, the former Bolton man says he has not heard anything to suggest that he won’t be returning to Serie A at the end of his loan spell.

Despite starting just one league game for Fiorentina following his move from Bolton last summer, Alonso still has another two years to run on his contract in Italy.

Alonso told the Echo: “I’m very happy here at the moment, with the manager, the rest of the team, the staff, everything.

“I’m playing, that’s the main thing.

“But I have two more years in Italy, so I will have to go back at the end of the season.

“I will have to do that.

“What happens in the summer, I don’t know. I’m not thinking about that yet.

“I’m just enjoying my time here.”

Left-back has been a problem position at Sunderland for several seasons, with the Black Cats unable to convert Danny Rose’s loan move into a permanent deal last summer.

Jack Colback started the season at left-back under Paolo Di Canio, before Poyet initially alternated between Phil Bardsley and Andrea Dossena in the role.

But Poyet made left-back a priority for Sunderland’s January recruitment and a deal with Alonso was concluded before the window even opened.

Poyet has been rewarded with a series of assured displays from Alonso, with the ex-Real Madrid youngster equally pleased with how he has contributed in his 10 games in red and white.

“I’m happy with my performances,” he added.

“Obviously, I want to keep improving and keep playing better and better because I think I’m capable of that.”