Cesar Azpilicueta breaks silence when asked question over his Chelsea future
Cesar Azpilicueta has broken his silence when asked a question about his future at Chelsea.
Azpilicueta, who’s currently away on international duty with his country Spain, has been asked about speculation linking him to La Liga giants Barcelona.
However, the 32-year-old refused to comment on his Blues future.
“It’s not the right place and the right moment to discuss my future,” he said.
Well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano, who covered Azpilicueta’s comments, added the player himself wants the ownership situation at Stamford Bridge resolved first. Also, Barcelona’s offer of a three-year deal with them remains on the table.
The versatile full-back is out of contract at the end of the season, so it looks like he could depart after 10 years in west London. His situation has been complicated given that Chelsea are currently under sanctions which prevents them from contract negotiations with their own players.
There is reportedly a clause in Azpilicueta’s deal that means the Blues can extend his stay, but it’s unclear on if that can come into place while under sanctions.
New era for Chelsea defence
There may be a lot of patience needed from supporters if the defensive trio of Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger all go at the end of the campaign.
Thiago Silva’s, who’s signed up for another year, is the perfect player to have in the dressing room for young emerging talents.
He could have a major role next season in overseeing the development of a new-look Chelsea backline.
There has been so much consistency with this experienced group of defenders, so lift after them may be a struggle at first.