Chelsea hastens a season of many changes. The European champion is trying to finish tying his ticket to the next Champions League while he sees how his squad will be subject to many changes. Rüdiger and Christensen will leave, but they won’t be the only ones. Azpilicueta intends to follow them and Barcelona is the destination that he already has in his head. As confirmed by As, the defender has an agreement already closed for the next two seasons with a fixed salary of 13 million euros gross for each campaign. The contract includes the possibility of extending it for one more season.
Last morning, the sale of the Chelsea club to the investment group headed by Todd Boehly was announced. Abramovich disassociates himself from the London entity and, from here, the cataract of events will follow one another. Azpilicueta was waiting for this decision to sit down with the club and undertake his dismissal, after Chelsea was forced to activate the unilateral option to extend the contract that ended in June. But the parties were summoned for the moment in which the sale became effective and offer the defender the promised exit. Mateu Alemany has argued for Azpilicueta. Atlético de Madrid was also on the prowl, but the leader has been able to close an agreement with the international defender.
Azpilicueta, if Chelsea keeps his word, will thus be able to return to the League, after 10 years at the London club. In fact, he left Spain before. It was in 2010, when he left Osasuna to join Marseille. He will now return as the captain of the still European champion team, leaving behind a journey full of commitment for which he has earned the respect of a club like Chelsea and that of all his fans. He now wants to face a new stage.