Report: How the Chelsea squad now feel about Cesar Azpilicueta's contract situation
The Chelsea squad is reportedly troubled by the club’s lack of movement towards gifting Cesar Azpilicueta a new contract.
This is according to 90min, who claim there have been tremors in the camp in regards to the captain’s current situation.
What’s happening with Azpilicueta?
Azpilicueta has less than six months until his deal with the Champions League holders expires.
The window of opportunity to offer the skipper fresh terms is closing by the day.
After January 1st, foreign teams will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the Spain international.
Barcelona are hot on this scenario, as they sniff an opportunity to land a quality player as a free agent.
Due to the Camp Nou being strapped of cash right now, signing free agents is their best bet to rebuild Xavi’s struggling side.
However, Azpilicueta apparently wants to remain at Chelsea above all else, despite his general lack of minutes this season.
Which makes the fact the Blues haven’t extended the defender’s stay yet even more concerning.
Especially for those sharing a dressing room with the 32-year-old, who are seemingly bothered by the length of time this saga has dragged on.
If the leader of the pack isn’t safe from the chop, is anybody?
Golden oldies get a chance
Yet, Chelsea does have a habit of delaying offering shiny deals to their more experienced band members.
John Terry and Gary Cahill were nearing the brink of departure before both earning an extension in 2015.
At 32, David Luiz penned a new two-year Stamford Bridge contract in 2019 but joined Arsenal shortly afterward.
It seems the priority for the Blues is to sort out Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger’s rocky statuses first and then tackle Azpilicueta.
Marina Granovskaia is playing a risky game, as the clock continues to wind down towards New Year.