Cesar Azpilicueta, the captain of the London Chelsea, was already making plans to move to Barcelona, but the coach of the London team, Thomas Tuchel, blocked the transfer.
On July 20, Barcelona managed to reach an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Cesar Azpilicueta, according to Spanish media.
The Spanish defender is in the last year of his contract with Chelsea, and Barcelona offered five million euros for the transfer.
Thomas Tuchel blocked this transaction even though the footballer himself wants to move to Camp Nou.
“This is a difficult situation, because I don’t want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point, it’s about what we want. I know how much we fought to bring Kalidou Koulibaly, a very important player for Napoli and the national team.
We have a Spanish international who is the captain of Chelsea. I see him at the same level as Koulibaly and I don’t think Barcelona see him at that level. I’m reluctant to not give him what he wants because he’s a very important player for us.
I don’t think about other clubs, I’m focused on Chelsea’s needs. I told him directly, even though I understand him personally. But I’m not in this position to just give him what he wants.
I am the manager of Chelsea and I will do my best for Chelsea. He didn’t like my message, but he understood. It is difficult for Azpi, because he is always being pressured by another club.
On the first of September, when things calm down, I am sure that Azpi will play for us at the highest level. Yes, I’m a bit upset with what Barcelona are doing. But I try to do everything for Chelsea,” said Tuchel.
Let’s recall, Cesar Azpilicueta arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Olympique Marseille and grew into one of the club’s most important players.