Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with the club.

The Spanish International who arrived at the Stamford Bridge in 2012, has been in an incredible form with the Blues which got him a new deal that runs until 2020.

Azpilicueta told the club website: ‘I’m really happy to have signed a new contract. Since I arrived here my target was to progress as a player and win trophies. This new contract gives me the chance to continue my relationship with the club, that’s what I wanted and obviously I’m really happy here,’

The 27-year-old defender is key figure in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation and is set to make his 200th appearance when they face Sunderland next Wednesday.

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‘We’ve had some really good moments so far this season. From day one, we started working very hard. We have a new manager with new ideas and I’m really happy to be working with him. Obviously we can still improve but the long-term aim for us is to win trophies, that is what we all want, the players, manager and fans,’ he added.

The club’s Technical director, Michael Emenalo said: ‘We are delighted Cesar has chosen to extend his stay with us. Since he arrived four years ago he has proved himself to be an excellent professional and a top player, which he shows in every single training session and match.

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It is also believed that Conte has identified some defensive targets to bring in next summer but aims to keep the Spanish defender due to his quality abilities.



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