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‘I feel the joy and responsibility to play for this club’: Cesar Azpilicueta pens new four years deal worth £150,000 a week until 2022

Chelsea have confirmed that Cesar Azpilicueta has penned a new four-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge.

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Sportsmail reported that the defender would be extending his contract with the Blues until 2022 prior to Sunday’s win against Fulham, with improved wages of £150,000 a week.

And Chelsea have now announced the new agreement with the Spain international, who has been captaining the club in the Premier League this season.

AZPILICUETA AT CHELSEA

Appearances: 298

Goals: 8

HONOURS

Premier League: 2014-15, 2016-17

FA Cup: 2017-18

League Cup: 2014-15

Europa League: 2012-13

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.

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.’

He also tweeted: ‘Delighted to be a blue until 2022. Since I arrived in 2012, my desire has been always to give my best and fight for this club, and now more than ever, I feel the responsibility to bring more success to this family.

‘WE WILL KEEP THE BLUE FLAG FLYING HIGH!’

Chelsea 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.’

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012 from Marseille and won the Europa League during his first season at the club while playing across a number of positions.

He then replaced long-serving left-back Ashley Cole as first choice before being named the players’ player of the year.

Over time, Azpilicueta has gone on to win the Premier League twice with Chelsea — once under Jose Mourinho and then again when Antonio Conte was manager — and has also picked up the FA Cup and League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

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