Good news from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea secure contract extension for a world-class player

Good news to the Blues fraternity because according to @MundoDeportivo as relayed on Twitter by Matt Law of The Telegraph, Chelsea have extended the contract of their captain Cesar Azpilicueta by using an appearance clause amidst interest from Barcelona for a potential move. His future is far from being secured despite the renewal, as he could still leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Azpilicueta was nearing the end of his current contract with the Blues before the extension was triggered. The clause was automatically activated when he achieved the threshold for the appearances, which was agreed upon before the UK Government’s sanction on Roman Abramovich.

That is why the contract renewal was approved even though Thomas Tuchel’s side is unable to engage in extension talks at this moment. The Spaniard’s current deal would expire only in 2023, but he could still leave for Barca after this season. A gentleman’s agreement could see him join Camp Nou for free in the summer transfer window.

It is good that the 32-year-old’s contract has been seemingly extended by another year at a time when we are unable to engage in any negotiations regarding contract renewals. There is still a chance that the skipper would stay with us past this campaign through this renewal, even though he has been heavily linked with a move to join the Catalans.

The West London club must now do their best and convince the Premier League defender about helping us in this time of need. Ideally, we would want to reduce and stagger the financial impact of these uncertain times, and a delayed departure can certainly help us to manage the expenses.

After all, if we set out to replace a stellar, versatile defender such as the Spaniard, it would certainly take some amount of time, effort, and money. Moreover, Azpi’s knowledge of the club, leadership skills, and consistency in performance is something that can’t really be replaced too easily.

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