Chelsea are reportedly preparing to offer captain Cesar Azpilicueta a new contract.
The Spaniard, whose current deal expires in June 2022, joined the West London club in the summer of 2012 for around £ 7 million and has since played 420 games for the Blues and won two Premier Leagues, two Europa League titles , an FA Cup and a Carabao Cup at the time.
Azpilicueta has been a trusted starter under Thomas Tuchel since the German replaced Frank Lampard in January – with the 31-year-old selected in starting XI 17 times in 20 games since former Paris Saint-Germain manager was appointed at Stamford Bridge – and Chelsea sets out a new deal on the agenda for their long-term right back, he said AS.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been enjoying a new life at Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel arrived
The reliable Spaniard has started 17 of the 20 games in which Tuchel was in the lead
Azpilicueta had fallen somewhat out of favor under Lampard due to the rise of Reece James, but Tuchel has found a way to accommodate both players by using Azpilicueta more often as a wide center-back while unleashing James’ attacking instincts as a fullback.
Due to his longevity, the former Marseille defender is in the tenth place of Chelsea. Former teammates Petr Cech, Lampard and John Terry sit sixth, fourth and third respectively.
Azpilicueta not only provided defensive stability, but also the strange goal at crucial moments: he scored the opener in a 2-0 win over Burnley in the opening game of Tuchel and goals in a draw against Ajax and Lille in the Champions League group of last season. stage like Chelsea finished one point above the Dutch giants.
Azpilicueta is 10th on Chelsea’s all-time list and has won six trophies at the club
Azpilicueta’s experience will be useful as Tuchel’s side looks to win the FA Cup and Champions League, as well as finish in the top four.
Saturday’s kick-off at 5.30pm against fifth-seeded West Ham, who sits just below Chelsea on goal difference, is huge, with two legs from a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid following for consecutive Premier League matches against Manchester City and Arsenal.
The FA Cup final against Leicester will then take place on May 15, with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge facing the same opponents in the competition on a rescheduled date due to the match at Wembley.