The Chelsea squad are rising involved by Cesar Azpilicueta’s continued contract saga, 90min has been informed.
The 32-year-old membership captain is approaching the ultimate six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and though talks over a brand new deal started just a few months in the past, an settlement over recent phrases is but to be reached.
With January creeping up, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are each readying strikes to attempt to carry Azpilicueta in on a free switch, and sources have confirmed to 90min that some within the Stamford Bridge dressing room are apprehensive by how lengthy issues have dragged on.
Azpilicueta is eager to remain at Chelsea and isn’t involved by his relative lack of minutes this season. The emergence of younger Trevoh Chalobah and type of Reece James have seen the veteran Spaniard transition into extra of a backup function this yr, however Azpilicueta recognises the necessity for prime ranges of competitors in each place.
He is able to signal an extension and is dedicated to preventing to regain his spot within the crew, however the primary factor Azpilicueta is pushing for is greater than merely a 12-month contract.
The Blues have a protracted historical past of hesitating to supply longer than one yr to anyone over the age of 30, though they’ve damaged their very own coverage in motive years. David Luiz signed a two-year deal earlier than becoming a member of Arsenal in 2019, whereas Willian turned down a three-year contract earlier than his departure in 2020.
Many within the squad consider that Azpilicueta ought to have been provided a long-term extension by now, given his significance within the dressing room and function as spokesperson for the squad in conversations with the board.
Barcelona and Atletico are each readying strikes in January, however Azpilicueta would favor to remain at Chelsea and can give the Blues extra time to show their dedication to him.
The underlying feeling is that Azpilicueta will finally put pen to paper on a brand new deal at Chelsea, however the delays and outdoors curiosity have left some fearing the worst.