CESAR AZPILICUETA’S free transfer to Barcelona is ‘almost done’.
That’s according to ex-Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas, who reckons it’s just a moment of time until the Blues skipper ends his 10-year Stamford Bridge career.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s move to Barcelona is ‘almost done’, says Cesc FabregasCredit: Getty
Fabregas believes it’s just a matter of time before Azpilicueta ends his 10-year Chelsea stayCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Azpilicueta, 32, had made an incredible 458 appearances for Chelsea since a £7million move from Marseille in 2012.
He’s gone on to win numerous trophies including two Premier League titles and a Champions League.
But Azpilicueta’s time in London looks to be coming to an end as he enters the final few months of his contract.
Barcelona have reportedly made the veteran defender a priority for Xavi’s summer rebuild.
And former Chelsea playmaker Fabregas, who also remains a favourite at Barcelona, reckons Azpi’s exit is nearly complete.
He told Gerard Romero: “Azpi to Barca, they are saying it’s almost done.”
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Fabregas’ comments come after Azpilicueta downplayed exit talk ahead of Chelsea’s Club World Cup final against Palmeiras.
He said: “I’m not going to speak about my future.
“Of course, I arrived in the summer of 2012 and I didn’t have kids. My kids were born in London and you know how I feel about Chelsea.
“But I am not going to comment on my future.”
Elsewhere, Chelsea could still lose Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer.
And Andreas Christensen is another defender who can agree a pre-contract with foreign sides right now.
Should Chelsea lose them, they could move for Juventus ace Matthijs de Ligt, who is said to be ‘flattered’ by links to the European champions.
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