Report: Chelsea player wants to leave club on good terms, won't force exit, club could have to pay for him

Cesar Azpilicueta will reportedly not push to leave Chelsea despite clear interest from Barcelona.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Spaniard is keen to part ways with the European champions on the best possible terms once his contract does finally expire.

What is happening with Azpiliuceta?

Azpilicueta was approaching the end of the road with the Blues, before the chain of command apparently activated a clause that unilaterally extended his stay for another year.

Before then, he would’ve been able to leave South West London as a free agent.

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This almost played into Barca’s hands, as they look to snap up as many players on a free transfer as possible.

They could potentially still sign him this summer, but for a fee rather than for free.

Andreas Christensen seems to be on the verge of joining the La Liga side, as his fading contract has not yet been renewed by Chelsea.

He probably won’t be followed by his current club captain until at least the following campaign.

A true Blue

Whilst Mundo Deportivo claim Azpilicueta views the option of moving to the Camp Nou very favourably, they also state he wants to see out the rest of his time at Stamford Bridge in the correct manner.

Fans wouldn’t expect anything less from the skipper, who has been an extremely loyal servant for a decade.

There isn’t a major honour the defender hasn’t got his hands on yet as a Chelsea player.

His trophy cabinet could easily add a few more items before the term ends.

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Thomas Tuchel’s team are still in the Champions League and FA Cup, as well as mathematically maintaining hope of winning the Premier League.

The gap between themselves and Manchester City is only 11 points, with Pep Guardiola’s men having played a game more than the chasing pack.

Although it is probably out of reach this season, winning the league would be the perfect send-off for Azpi.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.