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When everything seemed to indicate that César Azpilicueta would become the next reinforcement of the HR BarcelonaChelsea banged on the table to renew their captain for two seasons. In this way, the Spanish side closes the possibility of a transfer for this summer.
The defender, 32 years old, 32 years old, had months negotiating with Barcelona. However, he preferred to stay Stamford Bridge before the opening match of the Premier League, against Evertonnext Saturday.
“I am very happy to extend my stay in Chelsea, my home. It has been almost 10 years since I arrived and joined the club. I really feel the love of our fans, and I am very excited for the new project that we have in our hands, ”Azpilicueta announced on Twitter.
Along the same lines, he added: “I am a very proud captain, and I hope we can share many good memories together. We will work hard to achieve it!”
It is worth noting that the azulgrana team had beaten the Blues in the incorporation of Robert Lewandowski, Joules Koundé and Raphinha. In addition, this summer he signed Andreas Christensencoming from Chelsea, and renewed Ousmane Dembeleintended in London.
A Barcelona reinforcement
Not satisfied with that, the team that is now owned by Todd Boehley made the hiring official Marc Cucurellaside coming from Brighton & Hove Albion who was trained in the Barcelona youth academy.
Spanish comes to Stamford Bride after having established himself as Brighton’s best footballer. In his debut season in England he played 38 matches in all competitionssy scored 1 goal. According to the British press, the transfer would be around $68 million dollars.
“I’m very happy. It is a great opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world. I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team,” Cucurella said after signing for Chelsea. His versatility allows him to perform as left steering wheel or stopper in line of three
Todd Boehleyfor his part, indicated: “Marc is an elite defender of proven quality in the premier league and further strengthen our team for the new season. we continue working on and off the fieldand we are delighted that Marc is part of the present and future at Chelsea”.
One month after the transfer market closes, the Blues are working on new signings to strengthen their lead. One of them could be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangto finish consummating his “revenge”.
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