Cesar Azpilicueta extends stay with Chelsea

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has extended his contact with the club until 2022 by penning a new four-year deal.

“I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea,’the Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website.

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“Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best.

“Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.”

Speaking on behalf of the Blues, director Marina Granovskaia said: “Cesar is one of our longest-serving players and has proven to be a fantastic acquisition over the past six years.

“His professionalism and consistency in that time have been second to none and he has also developed into one of the squad’s most influential players.

“This new contract will take Cesar to 10 seasons at Chelsea, and we hope that over the next four years he will be a key part of our success.”

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea as part of a transfer package worth an initial €7 million (£6m/$8m).