Spanish left-back Marc Cucurella wants to leave Premier League side Chelsea. According to English media outlet The Sun, Cucurella is unhappy with his lack of playing time and intends to push for a move in the January transfer window.
Cucurella struggled to make an impact at Chelsea since coming to London last summer in a £55 million transfer from Brighton. After an underwhelming 2022-23 campaign, the 25-year-old is yet to play a single Premier League game this season, with the club’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino preferring Ben Chilwell and Levi Colwill on the left side.
Reportedly, Cucurella has already had a talk with Pochettino and told him that he wants out. The player would prefer to return to Spain, with a loan to Real Madrid in January being considered as a possibility. If the move materializes, Cucurella will join former Chelsea teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga at Santiago Bernabeu.
Cucurella was close to leaving Chelsea in the summer, with a loan move to Manchester United looking like a done deal. However, United backed off at the last moment, deciding instead for a much cheaper option in Tottenham’s full-back Sergio Reguilón.
Marc Cucurella spent his early career with Barcelona, mostly playing with the club’s reserve team in the lower tiers of Spanish soccer competition. He later had stints with Eibar and Getafe before joining Brighton in the summer of 2021.