Cesar Azplicueta explains his reason behind extending Chelsea contract

Cesar Azplicueta reveals why he refused to join Barcelona.

The veteran defender confessed that he considered joining Barcelona this summer ending his ten-year spell with the Blues.

But the 32-year-old finally penned a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge and granted Tuchel’s wish who wanted him to stay.

“Yes the conversations were there [with Barcelona],” he told The Standard.

“After the Club World Cup, where I became the only player to ever win every trophy, I felt it was the time to go back. But then everything happened with this club. I wanted to stay committed to the club. I never did anything against my club.

“We had private conversations where I said everything. We had players leaving and I have never been in a transfer market situation in 10 years. It was different. For a period I was a free agent and who knows what could have happened in that period.

Then a meeting with the new owners changed the Spaniard’s mind.

“I had a meeting with the new owners. They wanted me to stay here to lead the team both on and off the pitch. It’s a big thank you to them,” he added.

“They were very honest and transparent from the first day. I felt a responsibility to stay here in my home. My family are happy here. We have a new project with new players and youngsters coming in. I feel right and ready to look forward.”


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