Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is STAYING at Stamford Bridge because the Spaniard indicators new two-year deal to ease Thomas Tuchel’s defensive disaster… as Barcelona boss Xavi is a dealt an enormous blow to his Nou Camp rebuild plans
- Cesar Azpilicueta will keep at Chelsea after signing a brand new two-year contract
- LaLiga giants Barcelona have expressed severe curiosity in signing the defender
- Azpilicueta has been massively influential for the Blues since arriving again in 2012
Cesar Azpilicueta’s determination to remain at Chelsea deprives Xavi of the defender he most needed to construct his new look Barcelona round.
The Spanish worldwide who turns 33 on the finish of this month was one of many first gamers the Barca coach known as final December when he was making an attempt to organise January arrivals to rescue the membership’s season.
The want to deliver him in has remained this summer season with Azpilicueta earmarked to play at right-back whereas additionally providing Xavi the possibility to play with a again three and even give cowl to Jordi Alba at left-back.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been massively influential for Chelsea since arriving in the summertime of 2012
It is a large increase for boss Thomas Tuchel who’s already having to re-build his defensive unit
Xavi has additionally been eager to bolster the character of his squad. He desires skilled, battle-hardened winners and, as with Robert Lewandowski, he noticed these qualities within the Spain worldwide.
Azpilicueta advised Xavi final December that as Chelsea membership captain there was no manner he would go away them mid-season however this summer season he was open to a transfer if one thing might be sorted out between the 2 golf equipment.
Before Roman Abramovich offered the membership, Azpilicueta was assured that he could be allowed to maneuver on a free regardless of taking part in a adequate variety of video games final season to routinely renew his deal.
The defender has been linked with a transfer to Barca, with Xavi eager so as to add his expertise
That willingness on behalf of Chelsea modified when Todd Boehly got here in and Marina Granovskaia left.
Boehly felt that he couldn’t let his captain go away no ahead of take cost at the very least not with out a big-name new arrival.
Chelsea knew they have been setting Azpilicueta’s value past Barcelona’s attain once they slapped a £8million tag on him.
Their resolve to not promote was stiffened as they allowed defenders to depart the membership and missed out on replacements – none extra so than Jules Kounde who joined Barcelona regardless of Chelsea’s supply satisfying Sevilla.
Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly felt that he couldn’t let his captain go away this summer season
There was nonetheless hope at Barcelona that they may do enterprise with Chelsea by together with him in a deal for Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong or Pierre Emerick Aubameyang however the tactic failed.
And whereas Azpilicueta was open to becoming a member of Xavi he was by no means so eager to depart Chelsea as to place himself in opposition to the membership in the way in which that Lewandowski had finished at Bayern Munich.
His household are very settled in London and happy they’re staying and the participant himself can also be pleased with the result. He needed the difficulty resolved earlier than the beginning of the season.
Chelsea confirmed he signed a two-year contract on Thursday and Barcelona will return to the drafting board by way of bringing in an choice at right-back earlier than their season begins on August 13.