Report: Chelsea could extend their player's contract for another two seasons, even if he doesn't want to stay

Chelsea could reportedly extend Cesar Azpilicueta’s stay at Stamford Bridge for another two seasons, even if this goes against the player’s wishes.

According to Marca, Azpilicueta has a unilateral clause in his contract that the Blues can exercise at their own accord to keep the Spaniard possibly until 2024.

What is the story with Cesar?

Discussions about the defender’s deal is talk of the town right now.

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His agreement with the Champions League holders expires at the end of the season, meaning the 32-year-old will become a free agent over the summer.

This has alerted Barcelona massively, as they continue to identify the bricks of Xavi’s rebuild at the Camp Nou.

Due to the club’s financial situation, they have been targeting those potentially available to the market at a relatively low cost.

Marca claim that Azpilicueta has already spoken to Barca in ‘delight’ about moving to La Liga, with both parties prepared to make the transfer happen.

However, as the Spanish outlet allege, Chelsea might block this transaction entirely by cunningly executing the article in their captain’s contract.

They have the right to renew the full-back’s allegiance without needing to conform with him first.

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Heading straight to the big boss

Such a scenario has seemingly come to the skipper’s attention.

Mundo Deportivo recently stated that Azpilicueta wants to meet with Marin Granovskaia personally to converse about his situation.

If anyone were to trigger the clause, it would be Granovskaia.

Although, maybe this isn’t the worse situation in the world.

Sport proposed that the Spain international wants to refresh his Chelsea contract for another two years anyway.

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The Blues are usually reluctant to reward such a request to players over the age of 30.

Yet, if Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen depart once the campaign concludes, the chain of command might view Azpilicueta’s demands a little differently.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.