Cesar Azpilicueta


Cesar Azpilicueta Explained Why He Snub Barcelona Offer

Cesar Azpilicueta has reveals why he rejected Bacelona offer to remain at chelsea.

The Spain international saw an automatic one-year extension triggered in his contract last season to prevent him becoming a free agent,

but talks remained on with Barcelona over a possible transfer to La Liga.

Chelsea had been open to granting Azpilicueta an exit as a show of respect for his ten years of service,

although manager Thomas Tuchel was always adamant he wanted the 32-year-old to stay.

He eventually got his wish as Azpilicueta inked a new two-year contract.


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On his rollercoaster of a summer, the defender told the Standard: “Yes, the conversations were there [with Barcelona], all around the club.

“After the Club World Cup, where I became the only player to ever win every trophy, [I felt] it was the time to go back to Spain.

But then everything happened with this club. I wanted to stay committed.

I never did anything against my club. We had private conversations where I said everything.

“I have never been in a transfer market situation in 10 years. It was different.

The last time was Marseille and this time the contract situation made it different because I had this clause [to extend my deal] after a number of games.

“For a period I was a free agent and who knows what could have happened then? I decided to stay silent because there was already enough noise around me.

I didn’t want to make it worse because I wanted to stay focused on my game.”

Winning that Club World Cup – the only piece of silverware missing from Azpilicueta’s CV at the time – was a huge moment for Azpilicueta and one which prompted significant reflection about the future.

“It was a turning point,” he acknowledged. “I tried so hard to win this trophy.

At that moment I felt differently. At that moment it was like, ‘wow, I have won everything for this club’, so maybe a new chapter arrives.

It’s true that at the last break my performances were not as good as before.

“I paid a big price for playing from December to February.

I think I played the most minutes and I did it playing wing-back.

Of course, I am not getting younger and it is a position that demands a lot of energy every three days.

“I think all the emotions, feelings and tiredness made me feel like this. In the last two months [of the season], I wasn’t as good physically as before.”

Cesar Azpilicueta Talks Of Penalty Mind Games In Club World Cup Win

Cesar Azpilicueta says he pretended he was going to take Chelsea’s extra-time penalty in Saturday’s Club World Cup final win over Palmeiras to take the pressure off actual taker Kai Havertz.

Azpilicueta  picked up the ball and stood by the penalty spot, with the Palmeiras players surrounding the defender to try to put him off.

But the Blues captain gave the ball to Havertz, who scored to win the game.


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“It was a tactic because I knew how they are.”

“I knew they were coming for the penalty taker, so I took the ball.

“Kai knew that he was going to shoot so it was to release the pressure from him.

It was a decisive moment and Kai is one of the best penalty takers.

“I waited and listened to everything their players told me, and I think it worked which is the most important thing.”


The victory in the United Arab Emirates meant Azpilicueta is the first Chelsea player to win every major honour.

Having previously lifted the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and European Super Cup since joining from Marseille a decade ago.


“When I arrived in 2012 I couldn’t imagine the journey I would go on.”

“I’m really proud to be the Chelsea captain, leading the club on and off the pitch.

This title feels very good because it’s the first time in our history.

The club deserves it, the owner deserves it and I’m proud we achieved it.”

Azpilicueta Writes His Name Into Chelsea History With Club World Cup Triumph

Chelsea is a club with a lot of legendary figures at the helm.

In modern days, the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have ruled the roost,

following in the footsteps of Gianfranco Zola, Peter Osgood, Ron Harris and plenty of others before them.

If there were any doubts about Azpilicueta’s worthiness to join that list, Saturday’s Club World Cup final should have put them to bed.

Wearing the captain’s armband, the veteran defender put Chelsea on his back – just as he has done so many times before

– and dragged them to the final trophy missing from the Roman Abramovich era.

It took Azpilicueta 459 games to win every trophy on offer to him at club level:

Two Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, one League Cup, one Champions League, two Europa Leagues, one Super Cup and now, finally, one Club World Cup.

What makes Azpilicueta’s success so legendary is the fact that he has played a near-vital role in all of that, despite being signed as an unknown reserve.

Chelsea paid £7m to bring Azpilicueta over from Marseille in 2012.

The summer after their first Champions League triumph, and it’s safe to say that expectations weren’t particularly high.

He was obviously a good player, but whether he was ever going to be anything more than that was unclear.

For £7m, most at Stamford Bridge didn’t really care if he was a long-term signing or not.

Chelsea made those signings all the time and, up until a few years ago, still did.

Initially a right-back, Azpilicueta proved to be so good that each of his managers have forced themselves to find a way to get the Spaniard into their squad.

Whether it be on the right, covering on the left or in his more-recent central role, Azpilicueta has always got the job done without any complaints.


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Most modern players hate being shifted around on the pitch.

Complaints of not being deployed in their preferred position are rife these days,

including at Chelsea, but it’s testament to Azpilicueta’s professionalism that most fans couldn’t actually tell you what his favoured role actually is these days.

His manager asks him to go out and play, and he plays.

It’s that kind of elite mentality that saw Azpilicueta largely play as captain following John Terry’s departure in 2017

Gary Cahill officially had the armband until his own exit in 2019 but scarcely featured, at which point the Spaniard took the role on full-time.

Many didn’t see him as a natural leader, particularly as Terry’s vocal approach was all younger fans will have known,

but Azpilicueta ignored any doubts and continued to do his job on the pitch, leading by example and dragging those around him with him.

It was in Saturday’s final against Palmeiras that we saw perhaps the epitome of Azpilicueta’s leadership.

After winning the late penalty which always looked like deciding the game,

the veteran picked the ball up and looked to be setting up to take the effort himself, much to the confusion of every Chelsea fan.

He absorbed all the whistles, the time-wasting from the Palmeiras defenders and the mind games from the goalkeeper,

only to turn around and hand the ball to the composed Kai Havertz to take the shot and win the game.

It was supreme game-management and perfect leadership from Azpilicueta, who proved his willingness to take a back seat and do the dirty work for the greater good of the team.

That’s all we’ve ever known from Azpilicueta.

His personal highlight reel will be incredibly short, but his back-seat role to Chelsea’s unparalleled success over the last decade cannot be matched.

The Blues wouldn’t be where they are today without him.

With his contract at Stamford Bridge winding down, those moments of leadership could be coming to an end.

If this does prove to be Azpilicueta’s final season at Chelsea,

he will go out as an absolute hero and once whose name should be sung on the terraces for years to come.

List Of Premier League Players Who Are Going To Be Available For Free

Contracts are winding down and for several high-profile players in the Premier League it means that decisions will need to be made in the coming months.

From January 1, players in England are able to sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs.

With a view to moving next summer, while for English teams January is also the last chance to recoup a transfer fee for those in the final year of their contracts.

That means uncertainty is rife among some pretty major players in the top flight.

As well as clubs around Europe, teams in the Premier League will be monitoring the situation of some of these players, so who is out of contract next summer and what is the situation with their future?

Here are 20 Premier League players who are facing uncertain futures.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Barely a day goes by when the French midfielder isn’t filling the back pages of the national newspapers.

Mino Raiola has left the door very much open regarding a move away from Old Trafford with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid keen on Pogba.

Particularly given that he’s recently fallen out of favour at Old Trafford.

However United will be doing all that they can to avoid losing him for nothing for the second time.

Andreas Christensen, Chelsea:

The Danish defender would be a real bargain if available for free next summer.

Christensen has already made 10 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side which shows just how trusted he is at Stamford Bridge.

With rumours that a potential new deal could be in the offing, it’ll be interesting to see how this one progresses given that non-English clubs can approach him on a pre-contract deal in January.

James Tarkowski, Burnley

The Burnley man will have no shortage of potential suitors as he moves towards the last six months of his contract.

The 28-year-old has been one of Sean Dyche’s most trusted players in recent years with West Ham previously linked with a move.

Newcastle United have been keen more recently and If he does decide to leave Turf Moor then he’ll certainly have a handful of Premier League clubs interested.

Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal

It seems increasingly likely that the Frenchman will be leaving at the end of the season.

Lacazette had fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta over recent months and with no new contract agreed it seems that the writing is on the wall regarding his future.

That said, the striker has really impressed for Arsenal in recent weeks but it’s likely that this could just be a case of short-term gain for the Gunners before he moves on.


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Jesse Lingard, Man United

A player who was heavily tipped to move on over the summer.

Lingard shone for West Ham United last term and returned to Manchester United as a player who had refound his spark.

Unfortunately first team opportunities have been hard to come by and so the player may well consider leaving for more regular action elsewhere.

Todd Cantwell, Norwich

One of the few Norwich City players who are likely to attract top flight interest next summer.

The midfielder has struggled for fitness this term but given past interest from the likes of Leeds United he’s a player who could look to move on if the Canaries go down.

That said, Daniel Farke’s side do have an option to extend his deal so they will most likely look to use that.

Edinson Cavani, Man United

A player who has certainly been a victim of Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.

Cavani has been a bit-part player for Manchester United this term and given that he’s very much in the autumn of his career the focus will surely be on regular first team action.

Unless something changes significantly it would be a huge surprise to see him stick around.

Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea

It’s been a heck of a 12 months for the German defender.

Last year Rudiger appeared to be surplus to requirements and was being linked with a move to West Ham as Chelsea looked to trim their squad.

Now he’s arguably Chelsea’s top centre-back and they’ll be doing everything that they can to keep him at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.

Sean Longstaff, Newcastle United

The midfielder is certainly highly-regarded by supporters as a boyhood Newcastle fan who certainly plays for the badge.

However with new ownership on board it means that big decision may need to be made.

Longstaff will be keen to stick around but a decision on his future probably won’t be made until the club’s new structure is firmly in place

Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea

The experienced defender is a part of the furniture at Stamford Bridge.

Azpilicueta is a valuable first team player for Thomas Tuchel and while that continues it seems hugely unlikely that the Blues will allow him to leave.

There’s been talk of a new contract for the Spaniard and so it’d be a big surprise to see him move on next summer.

Calum Chambers, Arsenal

A player who may well benefit from a fresh challenge.

Mikel Arteta is overseeing a huge transformation at the Emirates Stadium that has seen the central defender fall down the pecking order.

With no talk of a new contract it suggests that the player could be a contender to move on next summer.

Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal

The young striker could have some big decisions over the coming months.

It appeared that Nketiah’s Arsenal career was over after dropping down the pecking order in recent months.

He did make a goalscoring comeback in the Carabao Cup against Leeds United and with Mikel Arteta praising his ability, there’s every chance that he could stick around in North London.

Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal

A player who may well be moving on at the end of the season.

The Egyptian international is a fringe player under Mikel Arteta and with the Gunners looking to bring through the next generation of players he might be someone who is deemed surplus to requirements.

At 29 years of age first team football will be a priority for Elneny and that means that a big decision will need to be made.

Hugo Lloris, Tottenham

The experienced goalkeeper is one of the more high-profile players coming to the end of his contract.

Lloris is Tottenham’s captain but with the team in need of a new lease of life it remains to be seen what the future holds.

It’ll be 10 years at the club for Lloris next summer and perhaps the decision will be made that he needs a fresh challenge.

Teemu Pukki, Norwich

The 31-year-old will have some big decisions to make over the coming months.

Pukki has been Norwich City’s main man since arriving in 2018 but should the club suffer relegation it will mean another step back into the Championship.

The Finland international is capable of player in one of Europe’s elite leagues and so this season could be pivotal.

Jordan Ayew Crystal Palace

The 30-year-old has certainly impressed for Patrick Vieira’s side this term.

Palace are looking like one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League as they focus on young, high-potential talent and that could mean that a decision is made regarding Ayew.

There’s bound to be interest in Ayew and that means that a decision may not be made until late in the campaign.

Pontus Jansson, Brentford

The 30-year-old has been a colossal performer for Thomas Frank’s side this term.

Jansson is Brentford’s skipper and had truly led by example with the team making a strong start to life in the Premier League.

It would be a big surprise to see the player move on this term, unless he receives big interest from elsewhere.

Juan Mata, Manchester United

A player who has been a great performer in the Premier League for both Chelsea and United.

Unfortunately it seems that the Spaniard’s days at Old Trafford could be numbered.

Mata has fallen down the pecking order and so it’d be a big surprise if the player was offered fresh terms with Solskjaer’s side.

Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham

The Ukraine international has certainly been a victim of the fine form in West Ham’s attacking line.

With a contract that expires next summer the 31-year-old is someone who seems unlikely to pen a new deal at the London Stadium.

West Ham need a new striker and perhaps offloading the forward will make room for a new addition.

James Milner, Liverpool

The experienced player is still a core member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

While he might not play in every single match that Liverpool play, Milner is still regarded as a central figure who is often trusted in the club’s most pivotal matches.

The 35-year-old is still very much in top condition and so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Reds offer him a new deal.