Official: Chelsea tie down €40m-rated Spaniard to fresh contract

Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a fresh four-year deal, extending his stay at the Blues to 2022.

The 29-year-old Spain international star has made 298 appearances since arriving from the Ligue 1 side Marseille in 2012.

Spaniard, who has won the EPL twice with Chelsea, has captained the West London side in the league this season.

“Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans. Every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs,” he said.

Azpilicueta’s previous contract was due to expire in June of 2020 after he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal extension in 2016.

Club director Maria Granovskaia said: “Cesar is one of our longest-serving players and has proven to be a fantastic acquisition over the past six years.”

“His professionalism and consistency in that time have been second to none and he has also developed into one of the squad’s most influential players.”

“This new contract will take Cesar to 10 seasons at Chelsea, and we hope that over the next four years he will be a key part of our success.”