14/09/2021; 12:39 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Cesar Azpilicueta is yet to receive any contract offers from Chelsea but has shown no worries over his contract situation.
These days, it seems normal for clubs to allow players to run their contracts to the end. The summer transfer window exhumed a plethora of players with contracts going to the wire. Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Leon Goretzka are a few players with contracts expiring at the end of the season.
A few players have also left their clubs with nothing more than a handshake plus a thank you for the time spent. Sergio Ramos left Real Madrid a free agent, the same as Lionel Messi from Barcelona to PSG. PSG were beneficiaries of receiving players without paying a transfer fee. Donnarumma and Wijnaldum are two other players that arrived at the Parc des Princes on a free transfer.
If that is the new norm, players have their fate in their hands and are no longer ‘slaves to the game.
Perhaps Chelsea are still glossing over the details of the Romelu Lukaku deal that brought the Belgian from Inter Milan to Stamford Bridge. They may still be engrossed in it. If not, how did they miss the contract of their loyal servant Cesar Azpilicueta entering its final stage?
Chelsea will start their Champions League defence with a tie against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday, but their captain, who led them to triumph in the competition last season, has a contract that expires in June.
The Chelsea captain will play the remainder of the season relaxed, knowing that the onus rests on Chelsea to make him a new offer.
The Spanish defender is not bothered about his contract situation. He has succeeded in pushing any issues that concern his future to the back burner. Despite the contract expiring next summer, he has remained calm about the situation.
Speaking at the Champions League pre-match press conference as quoted by Daily Mail, he said he does not have any concerns and fully trusts the club.
According to him, his contract expires in June, but he has his eyes on what’s next. He believes everything will take care of itself. He concludes by saying he’d love to be at Chelsea for as long as possible.
Azpilicueta, 32, arrived at Chelsea from Marseille in 2012 for a fee of £7m. He arrived in the English capital the summer Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win their first UEFA Champions League trophy.
In his nine years stay, he has featured in 434 matches for Chelsea and has scored 14 goals in that time.
Besides the latest Champions League conquest, he has won the Europa League twice alongside a UEFA Super Cup.