Chelsea Football Club of England have announced the exit of Cesar Azpilicueta, a club legend, after 11-year stay at the London based club, saying the defender has returned home to join Atletico Madrid.
Azpilicueta made 508 appearances for the Blues and won nine trophies, including the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.
“Cesar leaves an everlasting mark at Chelsea as a warrior, as a champion, and as a loyal Chelsea legend,” said the club’s co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in a statement issued on Thursday, 6 July, 2023.
“He has set the standard at the club for more than a decade, and demonstrated to everyone what required day in, day out to achieve success.”
Azpilicueta won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte, becoming a fan favourite for his work ethic and willingness to deputise in a number of positions.
However, his final season at Stamford Bridge was a difficult one.
Chelsea finished 12th in the Premier League — their lowest placing since 1994.
“It’s difficult to express with words what I feel,” said Azpilicueta in a video posted on Chelsea’s social media accounts.