Report: Chelsea continue contract talks with their £150k-a-week player, potential 'common ground' in negotiations
Chelsea are reportedly hoping they can find ‘common ground’ in their ongoing contract negotiations with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
According to The Telegraph, the Blues are set for more discussions with the 32-year-old about a contract extension. As it stands, he’ll leave at the end of the season when his deal expires in the summer.
The report explains the defender wants a three-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge, something the club are reluctant to offer. They hope to find ‘common ground’ by potentially offering him a one-year extension with the promise of a rolling option, though.
It is understood Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to keep the Spaniard. However, Barcelona are interested in snapping him up on a free transfer and could even match his desire of a three-year deal.
The £150,000-a-week player is verging into the category of club legend given what he’s achieved during his decade at the Bridge, but Chelsea don’t hand out long-term deals to over-30s any more. For example, Thiago Silva recently signed a one-year extension to his contract.
Chelsea skipper Azpi a dream for any manager
There is going to be a sizeable gap in the squad if the Blues can’t resolve the future of Azpilicueta.
First of all, his versatility to slot in anywhere across the defence makes him such a valuable asset. He can be effective as a full-back on either wing, as well as a centre-back in a back four or back three.
Also, he’s still in a great physical condition, making 27 appearances across all competitions so far. Pat Nevin recently said he’s the kind of player that will never admit he’s tired. It’s a great trait that he rarely gets injured, too.
It’s so vital having players in the dressing room that understand the club, as they are crucial for any new signings. Azpilicueta is the longest-serving Chelsea player in the group that is vital on and off the pitch.