Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta signs new two-year contract with Blues

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Cesar Azpilicueta has committed his aboriginal to Chelsea by extending his Blues declaration until 2024.

The Chelsea skipper has added different 2 years to his westbound London stay, thwarting Barcelona’s long-running pursuit of the 32-year-old.

The Spain full-back joined Chelsea from Marseille successful 2012 and has swept the committee of large nine trophies since, with the 2021 Champions League and 2022 Club World Cup completing the set.

The long-serving defender automatically triggered a one-year summation to his Chelsea woody astatine the back-end of past term, but has present committed to a much lasting hold to his Stamford Bridge tenure.

Boss Thomas Tuchel was understood to beryllium determined to clasp Azpilicueta successful airy of Toni Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s departures, particularly fixed the experienced Spaniard’s enactment and power astatine the Blues.

“I americium truly blessed to widen my enactment astatine Chelsea, my home,” said Azpilicueta.

“It is astir 10 years since I archetypal arrived and joined the club, truthful I truly consciousness the emotion and I americium truly excited for the caller task we person successful our hands.

“I would similar to accidental convey you to (Chelsea owners) Todd (Boehly) and Behdad (Eghbali) for giving maine the accidental to support my travel astatine this astonishing nine and I truly looking guardant to continuing our adventure.

“I americium a truly arrogant skipper and I anticipation we tin stock galore bully memories together.”

Azpilicueta’s determination to perpetrate to Chelsea volition beryllium a large boost to manager Tuchel, with the Blues continuing to reshape some their defence and wide squad.

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Kalidou Koulibaly, pictured, has bolstered Chelsea’s defence this summertime (Scott Heavey/PA)

Kalidou Koulibaly’s accomplishment adds genuine quality, alloy and nous astatine centre-back, but Azpilicueta’s enactment and Premier League acquisition stay highly prized commodities by Tuchel.

Chelsea volition proceed to propulsion to motion Marc Cucurella from Brighton, with Levi Colwill inactive apt to caput successful the different direction, either connected indebtedness oregon permanently.

The Blues are understood to harbour involvement successful Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters too.

Leicester’s Wesley Fofana is different people for Chelsea, but the Foxes’ valuation of £80million and supra could beryllium prohibitive.

Azpilicueta’s caller woody volition relieve an borderline of unit connected the Blues’ recruitment, particularly if Marcos Alonso goes connected to implicit his ain long-mooted determination to Barcelona aboriginal this summer.

“We are truthful blessed that Cesar is staying astatine Chelsea for a minimum of 2 much years,” said Chelsea president and co-controlling proprietor Boehly.

“We are thrilled with our skipper showing his exemplary committedness and enactment yet again. There is inactive truthful overmuch to bash together.”

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