Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a contract extension with the Blues that will run until 2024.
Chelsea made the announcement on their website on Thursday evening.
“Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new contract with Chelsea, continuing his decade-long Blues career for at least another two years,” the club said.
“Our captain has proven to be one of the club’s most dedicated, reliable and successful players since joining from Marseille in August 2012, making more than 200 appearances for the team, and has now committed his future to Chelsea until 2024.
“During his time at Stamford Bridge, Azpilicueta has already helped create one of the most successful spells in Blues history, lifting every major trophy during his 10 years in west London, collecting an impressive haul of nine winner’s medals in total: Premier League (twice), FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League (twice), UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
“This makes Azpilicueta one of only six players ever to win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, while his 13 cup final appearances for Chelsea are a club record.
“The versatile defender was voted player of the year by his team-mates in 2013/14 and has captained the side since Gary Cahill’s departure in 2019, although he has previously worn the armband on several occasions, including that year. Europa League final victory.
“Most recently, Azpilicueta has been an important part of Thomas Tuchel’s side, featuring regularly at both wing-back and on the right side of our back three; his 47 appearances last season taking him to a total of 476 for Chelsea, in which he has scored 17 goals.
“Petr Cech is the only overseas player to have represented the Blues on more occasions than Azpilicueta, and this new contract will give the Spaniard the opportunity to become the first from abroad to reach the 500-game landmark for the club.”
Speaking about the contract extension, Azpilicueta said: “I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home. It’s been almost 10 years since I first came and joined the club so I really feel the love and I’m really excited about the new project we have in hand.
“I would like to thank Mr. Todd and Mr. Behdad for giving me the opportunity to continue my journey at this amazing club and I really look forward to continuing our adventure. I’m a really proud captain and I hope we can share many good memories together.”
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said on agreeing the new contract: “We are so happy that Cesar is staying at Chelsea for at least two more years. We are delighted that our captain has once again shown his exemplary commitment and leadership. There is still so much we need to do together.”