Cesar Azpilicueta has officially committed his future to Chelsea by signing a new two-year contract until the summer of 2024.
Azpilicueta was keen on joining Barcelona in search of a new challenge earlier in the summer but has opted to extend his 10-year stay at Stamford Bridge instead.
“I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home,” the Blues captain said.
“It is almost 10 years since I first arrived and joined the club so I really feel the love and I am really excited for the new project we have in our hands.”
Azpilicueta expressed particular gratitude to new owner Todd Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali for the opportunity to continue – Boehly’s takeover appeared to change things in the saga, with the American businessman keen for manager Thomas Tuchel to have the final say.
“I would like to say thank you to Mr Todd and Mr Behdad for giving me the opportunity to keep my journey at this amazing club and I am really looking forward to continuing our adventure. I am a really proud captain and I hope we can share many good memories together,” the player said.
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Boehly added, “We are so happy that Cesar is staying at Chelsea for a minimum of two more years. We are thrilled with our captain showing his exemplary commitment and leadership yet again. There is still so much to do together.”