Cesar Azpilicueta not worried about Chelsea contract situation

Champions League-winning captain Cesar Azpilicueta insists he has nothing to worry about getting a new contract with Chelsea.

The 32-year-old defender led the Blues to Champions League triumph last season, with Chelsea beating Manchester City 1-0 in Porto.

Azpilicueta will lead West Londoners in the title defense, starting with the Stamford Bridge clash on Tuesday night with Zenit St Petersburg.

And the former Marseille star remains determined to secure a further extension of his tenure at Chelsea, which is currently due to end next summer.

Asked about the status of his contract, Azpilicueta said: “I have no worries, I have felt full confidence in the club since my arrival.

“For the moment, it is true that my contract ends in June, but I am only focusing on the rest, training and playing the best I can.

“Everything will work out on its own, I don’t need to say more. I have to keep doing what I’m doing and it will just happen.

“Of course I love being here, I have felt loved since I arrived and my goal is to be here as long as possible.”

Chelsea grew in stature and confidence in every round of the Champions League last season, as new boss Thomas Tuchel honed his game plan.

Club captain Azpilicueta stressed that victories against both Madrid teams were at the heart of the Blues’ march to their second Champions League crown.

While Tuchel’s men remain hungry for more, Azpilicueta still took the time to do justice to last season’s triumph.

“It’s hard to say for a while, because we faced Atletico Madrid who have experience in the competition, reached two finals and were top of the Spanish league and then won it,” said said Azpilicueta.

“But when you play them, dominate and get a result, you feel like you’re one step closer to the final.

“We faced Porto that everyone expected us to beat easily, but it was quite difficult and we had to fight to qualify.

“By the time we faced Real Madrid, who have been the kings of Europe for a long time and have won the competition several times with players of great experience, I was on the pitch, we were leading 1-0 and I thought 1-1 might happen and overtime.

Everything will work out on its own, I don’t need to say more. I have to keep doing what I’m doing and it will just happen.

Cesar Azpilicueta

“I felt we were much better than them, dangerous and strong, but only 1-0. By the time we scored the second goal, it was like, yes, that’s it.

“We all saw Real Madrid scoring goals in the dying minutes when everyone felt dead.

“I had the feeling that on the pitch we needed this second goal because they are dangerous until the last second.

“The strength on our side was to be resilient and to score that second goal.

“We defeated a great experienced team at Real Madrid, with young girls in their first semi-final.

“It made us feel strong and then in the final against Man City we felt strong and everyone’s desire was amazing.

“The atmosphere that we created in the group in preparation, not only the players but the staff and the guys who didn’t have the chance to play, that made the difference for me.

“Seeing the joy of the players, families and staff is something I will always remember forever.”

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