‘It’s done’ - Fabrizio Romano confirms latest Chelsea transfer as two-year deal agreed

César Azpilicueta is set to leave Chelsea to join Atlético Madrid
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César Azpilicueta is set to leave Chelsea for Atlético Madrid after agreeing a two-year deal with the La Liga club, according to reports.

The defender had one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge but is set to be allowed to leave the Blues for free to secure a move to Spain.

Fabrizio Romano has reported the player has agreed a two-year deal with Atlético, with the contract to be signed this week. Chelsea have accepted the player’s request to leave the club for free as a ‘matter of respect.’

The 33-year-old hails from Spain and started his career with Osasuna before joining Ligue 1 club Marseille. He signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2012 for a reported £7million.

He has made 508 appearances for the club during his 11 years in London, scoring 17 goals and providing 56 assists from defence.

Azpilicueta has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, one FA Cup, one League Cup, two Europa League titles and the Champions League. He captained Chelsea in the final in Porto as they beat Manchester City 1-0 to lift the European Cup in 2021.

The Blues have already confirmed a number of departures this summer as Mauricio Pochettino prepares for his first season at the helm.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has left the club following the expiration of his contract while Kai Havertz has moved to London rivals Arsenal after three years at Stamford Bridge. He scored the winner in the 2021 Champions League final.

Mateo Kovacic has also joined a Premier League rival after signing for Man City while N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly have joined clubs in the Saudi Pro League.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has ended his long association with the club and completed a permanent transfer to AC Milan while Dujon Sterling has joined Scottish Premiership side Rangers.