Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has snubbed Barcelona to sign a two-extension at Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old defender had been linked with a move to Camp Nou for months but has decided to stay put, which comes as a welcome relief for the Blues, who have been taking a battering from Barcelona in the transfer market all summer.
Not only did the La Liga giants successfully hijack their moves for both Jules Kounde and Raphinha, they also retained the services of Ousmane Dembele, who the Blues had been tracking for months, and nabbed Andreas Christensen when his Chelsea contract expired in June.
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Speaking about his decision to re-sign, Azpilicueta told the club's website: "I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home. 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 hands."
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly said in a statement: "We are so happy that Cesar is staying at Chelsea for a minimum of two more years. We are thrilled with our captain showing his exemplary commitment and leadership yet again. There is still so much to do together."
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Thomas Tuchel has been desperate for defensive reinforcements this summer and appears to have been granted his wish, with Kalidou Koulibaly joining, Azpilicueta re-signing and Marc Cucurella expected to join in the coming days, but Chelsea aren't done yet.
They still want Leicester City's Wesley Fofana and reports suggest they're prepared to pay around £85million to land him – which would be the highest fee ever paid for a defender.
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