Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new five-year deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit, the club have announced.
The versatile defender, who signed for the club from French outfit Marseille in August 2012, was named the club's Players’ Player of the Year for the 2013/14 season, as Chelsea secured a third place finish in the Premier League.
Azpilicueta's quickly became a fans' favourite at the Bridge last term, as he overtook Ashley Cole as the club's No.1 left-back under Jose Mourinho. As well as becoming a key figure at the Bridge, the defender also became a key man for the Spanish national side.
His tournament in Brazil didn't go to plan, however, as Spain were eliminated in the group stages of the competition. At just 25-years-old, he will certainly expect to have a few major tournaments left in him, however, as Spain look to return to the top on the international stage.
This season, however, despite the departure of veteran Ashley Cole, Azpilicueta will still have to fight hard to keep his first team spot. He's made a fine start to this season having continued in his role at left-back despite the arrival of ex-Atletico star Filipe Luis.
If Mourinho does eventually hand Luis more of a starring role at the Bridge, then Azpilicueta may well battle Serbian star Branislav Ivanović at right-back. It remains to be seen as to whether Azpilicueta will be moved around this term or if he will stay as Mourinho's No.1 left-back.
Chelsea fans will certainly be pleased with the deal to keep Azpilicueta at the club, as the feel good factor around Stamford Bridge continues. Mourinho's side have already made a fine start to this Premier League season, having secured three wins out of three in their opening fixtures.
Azpilicueta and Co. will next be in action on September 13 when the Blues host Welsh outfit Swansea City, before the club begin their European venture with a clash against German outfit Schalke. Mourinho's side will be desperate to prove their credentials on four fronts this season as they go in search of trophy success, and it looks likely that Azpilicueta will have a key role to play.
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