Chelsea handed contract boost amid club uncertainty

Chelsea have been handed a personnel boost for next season as it seems likely that Cesar Azpilicueta will remain in west London should the club stay under a transfer ban.

This comes as the Spaniard has now played the requisite number of games to trigger the 12 month extension that was written into his Blues contract.

It comes amid fears that Barcelona were waiting in the wings to snap up the veteran Spaniard on a free transfer this summer, as they looked to continue their rebuild under Xavi Hernandez.

However, Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo, confirmed by Matt Law of the Telegraph, report that the extension has kicked in after making a certain number of appearances for the Blues this season. It is unclear what that number was, but it was clearly below the 35 that the 32 year old has made for Thomas Tuchel this season.

Barcelona confirm Christensen signing

Meanwhile, Barcelona have all but confirmed the signing of Andreas Christensen as a free agent when his Chelsea contract runs out this summer. Speaking during the international break, Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that two signings had already been made, one of which was a centre-back.

We’ve completed two signings for the next season,’ he told the media.

‘One is a center, the other one is a center back. But I’m not allowed to mention their names.’

Chelsea handed contract boost amid club uncertainty

LONDON, ENGLAND – FERUARY 22: Andreas Christensen of Chelsea FC applauds the fans after the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg One match between Chelsea FC and Lille OSC at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

It is widely accepted that the defender, in this case, is Christensen. Meanwhile, there has been no progress on Antonio Rudiger’s future, another whose contract at Stamford Bridge ends this summer.

For Chelsea, it could not have come at a worse time. However, Azpilicueta staying is good news for the Blues.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 29 50 70
2 Liverpool FC 29 55 69
3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 51
6 Manchester United 29 8 50
7 West Ham United 30 10 48
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 5 46
9 Aston Villa 29 1 36
10 Leicester City 27 -4 36
11 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
14 Newcastle United 29 -17 31
15th Brentford FC 30 -14 30
16 Leeds United 30 -33 29
17 Everton FC 27 -18 25
18 Watford FC 29 -26 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 13
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8

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