Some signings just fit a club, and Cesar Azpilicueta fits at Chelsea.
Azpilicueta – lovingly nicknamed “Dave” by fans and players alike – singed for Chelsea for £7m six years ago from Marseille.
But when he arrived, there wasn’t the fanfare that a new signing may expect.
Possibly this was because he was just a bustling right-back who hadn’t had any international caps before that.
Or possibly it was because he was signed in the same window as Eden Hazard.
But ever since then, Azpilicueta has gone on to win fans over.
He consistently provided hard-working, disciplined performances and won the Premeir League within two years of arriving.
Although naturally a right-back, Azpilicueta received most plaudits when deployed as a centre-back by Antonio Conte as part of the Italian’s ‘three at the back’ approach.
His consistency in defence covered for David Luiz’ lapses, and helped showcase Azpilicueta’s talent.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, he has won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League.
And having proved himself at Chelsea, he has forced himself into the Spain national side, winning 22 caps.
So on the six-year anniversary of his signing, here’s what Chelsea fans have been saying about Azpilicueta’s stint at the club:
One of the best bargains in the history of the game! #CFC
— Kevin (@KevinKT29) August 24, 2018
One of the greatest and ever dedicated. We're blessed to have him @ChelseaFC
— SelfMade (@Selfdon1) August 24, 2018