Chelsea and Cesar Azpilicueta have agreed to a new two-year contract.
The Spaniard’s most recent contract was extended by an additional year this summer to prevent him from departing on a free transfer, but reports of his leaving Stamford Bridge persisted.
The official Chelsea website quotes Azpilicueta as saying, “I am incredibly thrilled to extend my time at Chelsea, my home.
“I definitely feel the love and I am really excited about the new project we have in hand. It has almost been ten years since I first came and joined the club.
I’d want to express my gratitude to Mr. Todd and Mr. Behdad for allowing me to continue my journey at this incredible club, and I’m truly looking forward to carrying on our voyage. As a captain, I’m incredibly proud of you, and I hope that you enjoy many wonderful memories with me.
He was thought to be a target for Xavi Hernandez, the manager of Barcelona, as he continues the rebuilding process in Catalonia.
Jules Kounde will almost definitely stay with Thomas Tuchel’s team despite reports that Chelsea were unwilling to do business with Barcelona after they were the team to sign the central defender from Sevilla.
After the 32-year-outstanding old’s leadership qualities were demonstrated last season when Chelsea was working under sanctions, the team was eager to keep the player.
It was uncommon for players over 30 to have new contracts longer than 12 months while the team was owned by Roman Abramovich.
Azpilicueta needs 24 more games to reach 500 for Chelsea.