The Blues have decided to offload the Spanish fullback after they learned that new incoming coach Antonio Conte has no plans for the defender in his new system, according to reports from England. César Azpilicueta is one of the best players for Chelsea last season where they suffered a catastrophic dimish in form and finished as 10th in the English Premier League table, the worst finish ever by a defending Champions in the history of the Premier League.
Chelsea name César Azpilicueta price as €18m
César Azpilicueta was arguably the best defender for Chelsea last season (John Terry and Kurt Zouma were not available in the last stages of the season due to injury problems) as he tried all his best to keep Chelsea in the game, but unfortunately for him, nothing went in his and Chelsea’s favour. The Spaniard is one of the fan favourites at the Stamford Bridge and this news of him leaving Chelsea has stunned not just the Chelsea fans, but also the fans of the English Premier League.
Antonio Conte is said to be preferring a 3-5-2 formation at Chelsea and he sees no position for Cesar Azpilicueta, thereby fueling a shocking transfer rumour. Though Azpilicueta denied the rumours, he did not reveal his long-term plans with Chelsea as by keeping the transfer mill running.
At the moment I am at Chelsea. I know there are rumours but right now I am only focused on the national team and Chelsea.
It’s summer and there are rumours. It is normal but I am not thinking about it now. In the future, you never know what can happen but it’s good to have teams interested in you because it means you’re doing well, he told El Confidencial.
Barcelona are the front runners to sign Cesar Azpilicueta as per the reports but it is still unclear what are Antonio Conte’s plans for Chelsea since he is nowhere near to Chelsea right now, so anything related to Chelsea can only be considered as a rumour.