Cesar Azpilicueta was fairly unknown to most Chelsea fans when he signed for them back in 2012, but seven years later he’s become an iconic figure at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues paid £7million (Guardian) to take him from Marseille and it’s been an inspired piece of business.
He has won six major honours during his time in West London and shown an incredible commitment not matched by many.
The Spanish defender has proven his versatility too by slotting in at both left-back and centre-back successfully, but his main position is at right-back.
Senior Chelsea player Azpilicueta is now reportedly wanted by two clubs in Spain due to a slight dip in his form.
According to the Sun, La Liga pair Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping tabs on the 30-year-old with a possibility of them trying to lure him back to Spain.
It is understood they are “optimistic” of potentially securing a deal despite the fact he would have to take a pay cut, but he may be happy to move if he loses his spot in the team.
Azpilicueta is soon to come under pressure from academy graduate Reece James, who is working his way up to full fitness and impressed out on loan at Wigan Athletic last season.
It would be a mistake to let him go anytime soon though, especially in either January or next summer.
Azpilicueta has had a tough start to the new campaign as the starting full-back and been caught out several times, with rare defensive errors starting to creep into his game more frequently.
He used to be a brick wall that attackers struggled to dribble past, but he is perhaps losing a yard of pace and age may be catching up with him.
But he is the Chelsea captain that is the perfect role model for all the developing young talents of how to be successful at the top level.
The full-back could still be an important member of the squad and be a great role model for James, who can’t be expected to become an instant success in the Premier League.