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Cesar Azpilicueta’s stay at Chelsea could be extended following demands from Spain over his contract at Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old’s contract with the club expires in June, and Barcelona have approached the defender for a free transfer. In fact, Azpilicueta is believed to be Barca’s number one defensive goal, according to feel.
The player is also thought to be keen on venturing back to Spain, and a summer transfer looked likely.
Measure according to Feel, Chelsea have already activated a clause in the player’s contract. Azpilicueta had an automatic extension of one year, which was utilized after reaching 30 appearances for this season.
Azpilicueta, who was ill and missed the win over Newcastle, has now played 33 matches this season, including three matches in the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
That makes the future of the Pamplona-born player very complicated.
Barca’s desire to land the player remains, but they are not willing to pay a fee with Azpilicueta’s new one-year deal underway.
The report claims that Azpilicueta is in negotiations with the club and wants them to release him from his contract.
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Azpilicueta ‘wants an amicable solution’
“Azpilicueta wants an amicable solution and he is working on it with the club,” according to the report.
What makes things more complex, though, is the fact that Chelsea have been subject to state sanctions.
Owner Roman Abramovich’s assets have been frozen and the club is now operating under a strict government license. And one of the conditions is that no sale or purchase of new players is allowed under the license.
Discussions about new deals for players who are out of contract for the summer must also come to a standstill. But since Azpilicueta triggered the clause before these sanctions last week, it is understood that the player’s one-year deal will be complied with.
For Chelsea, however, they can not add any new players to their squad at this time. Therefore, they are unlikely to be willing to see anyone leave the club in the foreseeable future.
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