Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed that he is annoyed with Barcelona’s pursuit of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. He has a year left on his Chelsea contract with reports surfacing that suggest he has asked to leave the club. Tuchel believes that he has been undervalued after the club spent £33m for Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
“It’s a tough question because I am not sure if I want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point, it is about what we want. I just made the comparison about how much we fought for Koulibaly, who is a national team player and roughly the same age,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said about Cesar Azpilicueta. “He is a hugely important player for Napoli but we have a Spanish international who is the captain at Chelsea. I see him maybe at the same level but Barcelona doesn’t see him on that level. So I am not sure if I want to give him what he wants as he is a huge player.”
“We don’t think so much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need. I said that to him and I say it to you that I understand on a personal and a career level. But I am not only in this role to give him what he wants. I am a manager for Chelsea who wants to do what’s best for Chelsea,” he added. “He doesn’t like it but he understands. It is tough for him because the other club is permanently on him. On September 1 when things calm down, then he can play at his highest level. I understand his wish, his concerns, his thoughts about his career and his personal life, but he is also our captain, a huge captain, and a legend, and a winner.”