Chelsea captain Azpilicueta could be granted free transfer

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta could yet depart for nothing this summer, despite a new 12 month option being triggered

Azpilicueta’s current Chelsea contract was set to expire on July 1, and he has been heavily linked with a transfer to Barcelona. However, that possibility, which had been on the cards for much of the season, was cast into doubt on Thursday when it was revealed that Azpilicueta had triggered a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea captain has made enough appearances this season to earn an automatic contract until June 2023, thereby ruling out a free move away from the club.

However, with Barcelona interested, Chelsea may just let Azpilicueta depart for free, despite the new contract extension. According to the reports, the Blues would have been happy to let him go as a courtesy for his contributions to the club if he had been owned by Roman Abramovich.

The 32-year-old defender, who has frequently declined to speak on his future this season, is a Chelsea icon, having made 464 appearances for the club – the seventh-most in club history – since coming for £7 million from Marseille in 2012.


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