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PremierLeague-News.Com - In a summer of major upheaval, keeping Cesar Azpilicueta might be a valuable piece of business
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Draped in the Chelsea flag, sat in the rows of the West Stand Lower, arguably one of the shocks of this window played out on Thursday evening. Chelsea confirmed earlier reports that Cesar Azpilicueta had agreed a two-year deal to remain with the club after a summer where his exit felt an inevitability. For a face that has been a part of the club's furniture for nearly a decade, Azpilicueta has been notably absent from Chelsea's pre-season coverage. Although he was involved in the US games and played the full 90 minutes against Udinese last weekend, the club captain has been on the outskirts and there was a very obvious justification for that. READ MORE:Every word Thomas Tuchel said on Everton vs Chelsea, Cucurella, Colwill, Aubameyang, Boehly work It has been clear since January a move to Barcelona was on the cards, even after the 32-year-old triggered a 12-month extension to his deal back in April, the chances of him staying were not dramatically increased. He did not give interviews to the press pack that travelled across the pond, his involvement in social media posts released by the club were rare. This was one of the most familiar Chelsea faces fading into the background in a summer of change. But Todd Boehly might come to reflect that his ability to keep Azpilicueta in an uncertain period could prove more invaluable off the pitch than on it. This has been a summer of change at Chelsea. Marina Granovskaia, Bruce Buck and Petr Cech have all gone. Boehly has taken up the role of sporting director for the time being. Old faces have departed, whilst new ones arrived. As much as this period offers fresh hope and intrigue from supporters, you cannot avoid the fear of the unknown, what does a post-Abramovich Chelsea look like? Maintaining an experienced character like Azpilicueta makes sense when many who had an understanding of how things were done have left. That is not even factoring in the defensive concerns of Thomas Tuchel given the exodus of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Adding on top of that the loaning of Levi Colwill to Brighton and Malang Sarr potentially heading to Monaco, the need for depth could not be starker.
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. "I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home." He said in a post on Twitter. "It is almost 10 years since I first arrived and joined the club. I really feel the love of our fans and I am really excited for the new project we have in our hand." "We are so happy that Cesar is staying at Chelsea for a minimum of two more years." Boehly added in the official club announcement. "We are thrilled with our captain showing his exemplary commitment and leadership yet again. There is still so much to do together." Behind the scenes, the continuity of Azpilicueta can hopefully lend a hand to new faces coming into the club, whilst offering a great example to younger heads breaking through. Few players have given as much value to Chelsea as Azpilicueta over the past decade, and in an age where players frequently move, the defender will officially pass a decade at the club on the 24th of this month. There are still doubts over his ability to remain a first-choice option in the team moving forward after his form in the closing weeks of last season, but his professionalism and attitude will never be questioned. This decision also offers the club a bit more flexibility over future options should Marc Cucurella be the only wingback bought in this window. In a period of looking to the future, a few of us might have under-appreciated the value in keeping what you already have. READ NEXT: Thomas Tuchel must avoid Antonio Conte warning to ensure Raheem Sterling Chelsea test is passed Chelsea news and transfers LIVE: All the latest updates and rumours from Stamford Bridge Full Chelsea Premier League fixture list for 2022/23 Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea face fresh questions after summer of change Ben Chilwell position, Marc Cucurella plan: Tuchel Chelsea formation after £50m transfer
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