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Thursday, May 19, 2022

"We are also selfish" - Tuchel insists he is 'still in talks' with Chelsea star amid interest from Barcelona

  Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that the club are still in talks with Cesar Azpilicueta over a possible contract extension ...

 

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that the club are still in talks with Cesar Azpilicueta over a possible contract extension despite Barcelona links.

 The Catalan giants have reached an agreement with Andreas Christensen for a Bosman move, Fabrizio Romano reports , and Tuchel has confirmed that the defender is set to leave.

Barcelona now have their sights on the Blues skipper as well. Azpilicueta's contract was set to expire this summer too and the west London outfit risked losing him for free, but he triggered an automatic, appearance-related one-year extension in March.

That hasn't diluted Barcelona's interest and Tuchel has now admitted that Chelsea are still trying to negotiate a new deal with him that will keep the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future.

Having also lost Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid , the manager admitted that letting Azpilicueta go wouldn't be an ideal scenario for them. In a recent press conference, he said (via Independent):

“At some point we are also selfish, we are not responsible to solve any other club’s problems or to fulfil any other club’s wishes. Given the fact we lose already key defenders, it’s not the ideal scenario to think about losing Azpi, even if I can understand his personal point of view.

“At some point if you are a legend, which he is, you deserve maybe also from me and the club, a second look at it, is there is maybe an exception from the rule and we are still in this process."

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