Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new four-year contract at Chelsea, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2022.
The 29-year-old joined Chelsea in August 2012, shortly after the Blues had lifted the Champions League, and gradually established himself as a versatile and reliable member of the team that lifted the Europa League in 2013.
Azpilicueta has been Chelsea’s on-pitch captain this season. Having originally joined from Marseille for just £6.5 million in 2012, Azpilicueta arrived at Chelsea as a right-back but properly established himself in the team at left-back.
It is believed the new deal will guarantee him an increase to around £150,000-a-week.
Azpilicueta once completed 74 successive Premier League games before finally being rested and he has established himself as one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers.
Upon signing the new deal, Azpilicueta said: ‘I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea. Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.’
Club director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Cesar is one of our longest-serving players and has proven to be a fantastic acquisition over the past six years. His professionalism and consistency in that time have been second to none and he has also developed into one of the squad’s most influential players.
‘This new contract will take Cesar to 10 seasons at Chelsea, and we hope that over the next four years he will be a key part of our success.’