AVB dismisses Spanish defender talk

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed claims that the club are interested in signing Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Spanish full back, who plies his trade in Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille, has been heavily linked with a move to England in recent weeks, and told Spanish paper L'Equipe earlier in the week that he would consider a proposal from the Blues if it came to him, as reported in The Daily Mirror.

However, former Porto boss Villas-Boas was quick to play down the speculation during his press conference ahead of this weekend's clash against Norwich City.

"No, not at all," the 34-year-old told reporters whilst shaking his head when questioned on the interest.

The 22-year-old began his career at Osasuna, graduating from the club's youth ranks into the first team, making a La Liga debut against Real Madrid in April 2007.

After three seasons at the Reyno de Navarra, Azpilicueta moved to France for €7 million, joining L’OM in the summer of 2010.

His first season was hampered by a serious injury though, with the Spaniard on the sidelines for six months after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee.

Azpilicueta has returned to action at the Stade Vélodrome this term, and now appears set to stay with last season's domestic runners-up.

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