Report: Chelsea want their £150k-a-week player to sign new deal, but there is a 'main sticking point'

Chelsea reportedly have one “main sticking point” that’s proving the issue during their contract negotiations with Cesar Azpilicueta.

As it stands, Chelsea’s club captain Azpilicueta will leave at the end of the season when his contract expires.

The 32-year-old’s current deal at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer, so there is a big risk he may be playing in his last campaign for the club.

According to the Evening Standard, the Blues do want to extend the Spanish defender’s stay beyond this season.

The report explains that right now the breakdown in discussions is over the length of the deal, as the senior figure doesn’t want a short-team contract.

La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are already linked with a move for Azpilicueta, who’s free to talk to clubs abroad about a transfer given he’s in the final six months of his current deal.

The versatile £150,000-a-week defender is in his 10th season as a Chelsea player and is vital in Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Therefore, it would be a massive loss if they can’t resolve the contract talks to keep him.

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Dave would leave massive Chelsea hole

Azpilicueta, nicknamed ‘Dave’ by Blues supporters years ago, is a long-term servant that would be so difficult to replace.

He may not be a nailed-on starter every week right now, but has been so incredible for the club for approaching a decade.

He makes it look effortless swapping between centre-back and right wing-back in the 3-4-3 formation, which makes him an incredible asset to Tuchel.

There is no doubt he’s an old school defender that loves the defensive side of the game, and handing him a three-year deal may not be the worst move as he’d help nurture all the emerging young talent. He’s still got plenty to give himself on the pitch, too.

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