Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta insists he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge despite rumours of a return to Spain with both Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be interested.
The former Marseille ace has seen his stock rise significantly since Jose Mourinho returned to take charge of the Blues, and he is now keeping big-money summer signing Filipe Luis on the bench.
Adding to his credentials, Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher picked Azpilicueta as the 'best defender in England."
Having gone from obscurity to the top of the Premier League with Chelsea, the full-back is now said to be attracting interest from the two Spanish superpowers, Madrid and Barcelona.
It's been suggested that a move back to his home country could be on the cards, but Azpilicueta has been quick to dismiss the rumours, insisting that he's happy where he is with Chelsea.
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"I do not think about [a move to Spain]," he insisted. "I am very happy here. I follow La Liga but personally I do not think about returning there. Now I'm really enjoying London. I prefer the Premier League.
"Those words (from Neville and Carragher) flatter me. But also they make me eager to improve. I have always worked to be one of the best and it is clear that the more you achieve the more pressure you have.
"But I still can improve a lot. Whenever I see a game, I tried to look at other players who play in my position because they teach me things to improve myself. I am lucky to train with great defenders and they are also an example for me."
Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Marseille for just €7 million in 2012 when he was relatively unknown. Since joining the Blues the Spanish defender has been capped by his country - the fact French radio pundit Eric de Mateo was forced to eat rat live on air after losing a bet about the full-back ever earning a call up for La Roja in 2013 only serves to highlight his meteoric rise.
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