Thomas Tuchel labels Azpilicueta as a 'real fighter'

Cesar Azpilicueta is an influence both on and off the pitch.

The 32-year-old defender is expected to extend his contract which expires this summer for another one year.

He has been a real fighter for this team both on and off the pitch.

Chelsea will lose both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers this summer and they can’t afford to lose Azpiliceuta.

His versatility to play in different defensive positions is an asset for the Blues.

“Azpi is an example to everyone at the football club, and he has such a huge influence here,” Tuchel told the club’s official website.

“An owner or a CEO of an old club once told me that you should take the mentality of your best players and your captain.

“This team has had the mentality of Azpi for years now.

“He has this mentality of a real fighter for his teammates and for the badge but also of this water carrier who is always ready to help anybody out.

“This is huge for the team, and he’s had this influence as captain of this team now for many years and there are no words for what Azpi gives us. He is simply exceptional.”


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