'Always helping': Armando Broja says Chelsea teammate is a brilliant mentor in the dressing room

Armando Broja has shared that Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is a brilliant mentor to him and the younger players in the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.

Broja, 20, is an exciting Blues striker that’s getting his chance in Thomas Tuchel’s first team this season.

The centre-forward was excellent in a season-long loan at Southampton last year, so the academy graduate is now getting the opportunity to play for the club he’s developed at for over a decade.

The Chelsea Chronicle is predicting he’ll get his first start of the campaign in Saturday’s Premier League game at home to West Ham, too.

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Azpilicueta a brilliant mentor

It’s no big shock to hear such glowing words from Broja on Chelsea’s club captain.

“He’s always so welcoming. He’s always helping the young players out, always trying to take the pressure off you. He’s a really good guy in terms of helping me from 2018 until now,” Broja said.

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Azpilicueta, who signed a two-year deal last month, is someone that knows the Blues inside out after 10 years in West London.

The 33-year-old defender is the kind of leader you need in the squad to help guide so many of the rising stars.

In fairness, you wouldn’t say the Spaniard is a part of the best starting line-up any longer when everyone’s fit.

However, there’s such a hectic fixture schedule coming up that he should be called upon plenty of times by his manager.

His flexibility to drop in as a centre-back, full-back or wing-back is vital in this squad.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.