Chelsea change focus from Maicon to Azpilicueta

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Chelsea are reportedly considering a bid for Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta after a deal for Maicon went cold.


The 22-year-old is currently in London with the Spanish Olympic squad and is concentrating on going for a gold medal at London 2012.


Metro are reporting that Roberto di Matteo is desperate to add to his right-back options after Jose Bosingwa was allowed to leave Stamford Bridge after his contract expired this summer.


Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was reportedly close to a deal with Inter Milan for Maicon, but subsequent interest from former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid has complicated matters.


Azpilicueta is not about to be distracted by the reports linking him with Stamford Bridge and will address any transfer issues once Spain’s involvement in the Olympic football ends.


“I have heard the news in recent days. It says that I will move from Marseille, but I am calm about my future,” he told Sky Sports.


“Now I am only focused on my work with the Spanish team and for the Games in London. My dream is to win the gold medal.”


Bosingwa’s release means that veteran Portuguese defender Paulo Ferreira is the only natural right-back left in Di Matteo’s squad, though Branislav Ivanovic has deputised there in the past.

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