César Azpilicueta en la disputa de un balón

RENEW WITH CHELSEA

In detail: The keys to Azpilicueta's "no" to Barça

Published:4/08/2022 - 18:47h

Updated:4/08/2022 - 21:35h

In the absence of confirmation, César Azpilicueta will continue at Stamford Bridge for two more seasons. FC Barcelona is left without its main alternative for the right side and the reasons behind the 'pumpkins' of the Navarrese have already been revealed

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César Azpilicueta will not join to the FC Barcelona this summer. The right side of 32 years will continue his stage in Chelsea by two seasons more, to fault of confirmation. It arrived to the Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012 and will follow until the 2024, in principle. Xavi Hernández remains , in this way, without his first option to reinforce the right-handed band of the Barcelona picture.

The "no" of Azpilicueta to the Barça has confirmed this Thursday, after his signing seemed imminent. The Barcelona club, after completing the incorporation of Jules Koundé, worked 'non-stop' to arrive to an agreement with Chelsea of face to the traspaso of the footballer, but with the conditionings that the English picture considers to the captain a player insustituible and that Thomas Tuchel did not want that it left the Stamford Bridge on no account.

The intention of Azpilicueta, as it has informed in the last months, always went of recalar in the FC Barcelona this summer. It arrived to an agreement in personal terms with the club of the City Condal by two seasons more one optional, but also put his conditions, because it did not want to expect for ever. In fact, the journalist Gerard Romero aimed that that, precisely, has been one of the key factors so that the naravarro gave 'pumpkins' to the culés.

The Barça asked that it expected more time

The -eternal- problems of the Barça with the 'fair play' financial have been the factor that has thrown the operation with Azpilicueta to the rubbish. So much he like Xavi Hernández wanted that the traspaso concretised the sooner possible, before the start of the Premier League, but from the sportive direction of the Barcelona group pideron more time to resolve the subject of the registration of the new five signings, whose documentation already was sent to LaLiga does some days.

Chelsea debuts this Saturday in the Premier League, against the Tottenham (16:30 hours) and Azpilicueta cleared to the Barça that it wanted to have a definite answer before the date. The request was not fulfilled (although it still remains margin) and went back to negotiate with Chelsea, whose leaders are loved with him and have not doubted in offering him a new extension of his agreement, by two seasons more.

Thomas Tuchel, insistent

Although the 'inaction' of the Barça to complete the traspaso of Azpilicueta was key, also has been it the persistence of Chelsea and, in concrete, Thomas Tuchel. From the day one denied to the exit of the captain of the group 'blue', place considers him the angular piece of his team by his leadership inside and out of the field. The ex of the Paris Saint-Germain presionó to the new owner of the club, Todd Boehly, for ralentizar the movement... And remain with the navarro.

And it is that it is not a secret for anybody that the conversations between Chelsea and Barça come developing from does a time and that the leaders of both clubs gathered in the City Condal at the beginning of July to argue, between other things, the future of Azpilicueta. The 'blues' have finish carrying the victory in this 'battle' after having lost to Raphinha and Jules Koundé in hands of the Barça.

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