Chelsea signed 29-year-old Spain international

Cesar Azpilicueta states he is ‘really happy’ to commit his future to Chelsea after signing a new four-year contract with the club.

The 29-year-old defender has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and Europa League since joining the Blues from Marseille back in 2012.

The Spaniard has operated as the captain under Maurizio Sarri this season and will become only the seventh overseas player to play 300 games for Chelsea over the next few weeks.

‘I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea,’ Cesar Azpilicueta said. ‘Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try to do my best. ‘Hopefully, there is a lot to come, and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘Cesar is one of our longest-serving players and has proven to be a fantastic acquisition over the past six years.

‘His professionalism and consistency in that time have been second to none, and he has also developed into one of the squad’s most influential players.

‘This new contract will take Cesar to 10 seasons at Chelsea, and we hope that over the next four years he will be a key part of our success.’