CHELSEA face the prospect of losing FOUR centre-backs in the summer with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta yet to pen an extension at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta has won eight major trophies with Chelsea, including two Premier Leagues and the Champions LeagueCredit: Reuters
With Rudiger and Christensen both the subject of intense speculation, Chelsea’s players had thought tying down Azpilicueta for another season would be a formality.
But reports suggest a new contract is yet to be tabled, despite Azpilicueta himself being eager to stay on at Stamford Bridge.
Should a new deal fail to be agreed the 32-year-old veteran is not short of options for next season.
Barcelona have been linked with Azpilicueta, and are believed to be in talks with the defender over a move.
Atletico Madrid are also keen on snapping the Spaniard up on a free transfer.
That means the Blues face the prospect of losing FOUR defenders for free at the end of the campaign, should he move on.
The Turkish outfit have even had to deny that a move for the 23-year-old Szalai is a ‘done deal’.
Juventus man Matthijs de Ligt is another target, with the Dutchman’s agent not ruling out a move to Chelsea.
Azpilicueta was handed the captain’s armband by Thomas Tuchel this season after nine years of service to the club.
He has played just one of the last seven Premier League matches though with Rudiger, Christensen and Silva being Tuchel’s first choice defenders.
And after a whopping 445 appearances for Chelsea, his time at the club may finally be coming to an end.
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