Cesar Azpilicueta heading for exit as Chelsea refuse to meet his contract demands

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Cesar Azpilicueta is set to leave Chelsea this summer (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Chelsea legend Cesar Azpilicueta is set to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer this summer after the club refused to accept his contract demands.

The Spaniard joined the Blues a decade ago from Marseille and he’s won everything there is to win with Chelsea, winning eight trophies in the last ten years.

The 32-year-old is keen on staying in west London but Chelsea’s policy of only offering 12-month deals to players over 30 is at odds with Azpilicueta’s demands of a three-year deal.

Azpilicueta remains one of the fittest players at the club and feels younger than his years, which he feels should be taken into consideration by the Blues.

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Azpilicueta has spent a decade at Chelsea (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, the Sun report that even in a best-case scenario Chelsea would only be willing to offer a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

The Spain international does not feel this offer gives him the security he’s looking for at this stage of his career and he’s therefore exploring his options.

Barcelona are interested in signing the defender and would be willing to meet his wage demands, given they would not have to put up a fee for the right-back.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Chrisentensen are also out of contract at the end of the season and Chelsea are yet to convince the pair to sign extensions.

The German is the most likely to leave, with Chelsea unwilling to meet Rudiger’s demands to put him on par with the likes of N’Golo Kante on £300,000-a-week.

Thiago Silva’s contract had been due to expire at the end of the campaign but he recently penned a new deal.

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