Report: Chelsea undecided on future of their £150k-a-week player who wants new two-year contract
Chelsea are reportedly weighing up whether or not to give their club captain Cesar Azpilicueta a new contract.
Azpilicueta, who earns £150,000-a-week, is currently set to leave at the end of the season when his deal expires.
According to the Daily Star, the Blues defender wants a new two-year contract to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge. Ideally, he would prefer to finish his career with the London club, who he joined back in 2012.
The report states Chelsea are considering if they should break their transfer rule, as they don’t usually hand out contracts more than one year to over-30s. They are yet to begin talks over his future and are in no rush.
It is understood Barcelona have already offered him a deal which involves snapping him up when he’s a free agent. However, Atletico Madrid are named as suitors for the 32-year-old this month, too.
Chelsea need to keep ‘Dave’
Azpilicueta, commonly referred to by fans as ‘Dave’, should be gifted the two-year deal he seeks.
Clearly, he’s still good enough to play in Thomas Tuchel’s line-up. He’s perfect cover for Reece James at full-back, plus his versatility to play anywhere in defence is valuable to the squad.
Also, the Spaniard is a brilliant role model for youngsters coming through and he knows everything about Chelsea after a decade at the Bridge.
It’s vital his future is resolved when speculation continues to circle about defensive teammates Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who are similarly out of contract at the end of the 2021/22 season.