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Cesar Azpilicueta not interested in Real Madrid or Barcelona

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Cesar Azpilicueta has rejected the suggestion that he could leave Chelsea for either Real Madrid or Barcelona this summer.

The Spanish full-back has played a significant part in Chelsea's title-winning campaign, starting 28 of 35 Premier League games.

His fine form has not only convinced Jose Mourinho, but also kept Filipe Luis out of the side. The Brazilian was signed from Atletico Madrid at great expense last summer, but has found his services to be unneeded.

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That is largely due to Azpilicueta's commanding performances at left-back, made all the more impressive when you learn that the 25-year-old is right-footed.

Naturally, his affiliation with Spain and his fine form have made him an obvious target for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. The clubs are two of few who would be able to tempt a Chelsea player away from Stamford Bridge.

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"I'm currently playing in the best team in England, I'm not thinking about another team"

Not interested

However, not even a potential return to his homeland is a tempting proposition in this time of jubilation. He insisted that he has nothing on his mind but Chelsea's title defence next season.

He told RMC, as quoted by ESPN: "Of course. I am thinking of nothing but that.

"I'm currently playing in the best team in England, I'm not thinking about another team."

Another left-back leaving

Unfortunately, Mourinho's lack of rotation has left Luis out in the cold since his arrival last summer. It has been widely reported that the Brazilian is gearing up for a return to Atletico Madrid with Diego Simeone keen to bring him back.

While Azpilicueta may be committed, Luis is probably fed up with Mourinho's refusal to give him a chance to impress. He will most likely leave and it will certainly be for less than the £15.8m they paid for him.

"We're the second-best attack. That says it all"

Boring tagline

Azpilicueta also had to fend away suggestions that his Chelsea side sealed the title by playing boring football. But, for the defender at least, the statistics speak for themselves.

He said: "We're the second-best attack. That says it all. We also play attacking football. Sometimes, you have to be able to defend when you're under pressure," he said.

It's not because of that that you can be called boring. It has been long. It's difficult to win the league in England. We have worked hard from the start to get where we are now."

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