Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta have signed a new two-year contract with the English club despite interest from Barcelona.

The deal means the 32-year-old will stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of June 2024.

Azpilicueta told Chelsea website:

I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home. It is almost 10 years since I first arrived and joined the club so I really feel the love and I am really excited for the new project we have in our hands.

I would like to say thank you to Mr Todd and Mr Behdad for giving me the opportunity to keep my journey at this amazing club and I am really looking forward to continuing our adventure. I am a really proud captain and I hope we can share many good memories together.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said:

We are so happy that Cesar is staying at Chelsea for a minimum of two more years. We are thrilled with our captain showing his exemplary commitment and leadership yet again. There is still so much to do together.

Chelsea co-controlling owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano added:

Cesar is a world-class leader on and off the pitch. He’s a Chelsea legend and exemplifies so many of the qualities and values as a player and a person we aspire to. We couldn’t be more excited for Cesar to be at Chelsea under our ownership as we continue to work to build a champion squad.

By Amara

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