Cesar Azpilicueta set to leave Chelsea

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is set to leave Chelsea football club after 11 years at the club.

It was reported on Friday that Azpilicueta was looking to move away from London and try a new experience elsewhere. Since these reports, things have moved very quickly.

Even though the Spaniard’s contract runs till 2024, Chelsea are now expected to terminate this contract at the player’s request. There is reportedly a lot of respect between Azpilicueta and Chelsea and this showcases it.

It is understood that Italian giants Internazionale have reached a full agreement with Azpilicueta on personal terms. They have offered him a 2-year contract. The Spanish international is keen on the move.

Now, the player and Inter are waiting for Chelsea’s confirmation on whether they have accepted to terminate the Spaniard’s contract or not. As mentioned earlier, there is mutual respect between the club captain and his club and hence the expectation is that the contract will be terminated.

An injury-plagued season and overall fitness issues limited the impact the club captain was able to make in Chelsea’s worst-ever season in the Premier League.

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Azpilicueta looks likely to join the blue half of Milan in what may be the final stage of his career. Still only 33 years of age, he can still play on beyond this 2-year contract if he wishes to though.

The Nerazzurri will have high expectations after reaching the Champions League final this past season and having won the Serie A title just two seasons ago. They will be hoping to challenge the likes of Napoli, Juventus and their city rivals AC Milan for the Scudetto next season.

Azpilicueta would be leaving Chelsea after 11 years of service and winning more or less every trophy possible with the Blues. He has won both the Premier League and the Europa League on two occasions and also won the Champions League as the captain in 2021.

He has played around 400 games for Chelsea after signing from French club Marseille back in 2012. Prior to that, he also played around 100 games for Spanish side Osasuna, his boyhood club.

‘Azpi’, as the Chelsea fans endearingly call him, will surely go down as one of the biggest club legends at Stamford Bridge in recent times.