Azpilicueta ‘flattered’ by Barcelona interest, but nothing for Chelsea to worry about

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has told Marca that he is ‘flattered’ by reported interest from Barcelona, claims Football Espana.

What’s the word?

Azpilicueta has been an integral part of Chelsea’s Premier League title glory.

The tide began to turn in the club’s favour when manager Antonio Conte switched the defence to a back three.

Azpilicueta joined Gary Cahill and David Luiz in the new formation, which helped the club clinch the much-coveted trophy by seven points.

Football Espana reports that Marca and AS believe that Barcelona have listed Azpilicueta as an alternative option to main target, Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin.

When asked about the rumours, the defender told Marca:

“It’s flattering that a club like Barcelona can be interested in you. Last year, after a bad season on a collective level, we did not have those types of rumours.

“However, this season we have crowned Champions and this type of information indicates that we have done well. Interest from teams of this level is very positive but I am very happy here. I feel very valued by the club and I do not think of anything else.”

Will Chelsea lose Azpilicueta?

Admitting that he is flattered by the reports does by no mean suggest that he wants to move to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in global football, so any player would like to hear their name linked to the Spanish giants.

However, Azpilicueta has insisted that he is happy at Stamford Bridge, and there is no reason why he should not be.

The 27-year-old is a regular in the Blues’ lineup and he will have opportunities to add more trophies to his cabinet in the coming seasons.

If Conte does recruit some new defenders this summer, then Azpilicueta may face competition, but as of right now he has no reason to leave.