English Premiership

Azpilicueta attracting interest from La Liga duo

2019-09-05 10:28
Cesar Azpilicueta (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has emerged as a transfer target for Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, according to reports.

The Spaniard has been a revelation during his seven years at Stamford Bridge, but there are rumours that he will no longer be first choice when Reece James is fit, and it could be the beginning of the end for him.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has already shown that he is ready to give youth a chance this season, with the likes of Mason Mount becoming regulars in the Chelsea side.

His hand has been forced to a certain extent due to the transfer ban, which prevented him from bringing in new players this summer, but he is still looking to get youngsters into the side, and James is another top talent.

The young full-back was outstanding while on loan at Wigan Athletic last season, and his performances caught the eye of rival clubs, who were hoping to strike a deal during the transfer window this summer.

Lampard put a block on it and ruled out a move away as he has every faith that James will be able to make the step up this season.

The Blues boss allowed Davide Zappacosta to leave on loan for Roma as he was happy to have James in his squad instead, and now he could be in line to replace Azpilicueta.

The 19-year-old just has to prove his fitness before he is knocking on the first-team door and it will be interesting to see the team sheet after the international break when Chelsea take on Wolves.

There are some suggestions that James will be on it in place of Azpilicueta, and if that is the case, the latter will not be happy.

If Azpilicueta does head for the exit door, he will not be short of offers and reports are rife that both Bilbao and Sociedad will offer him the chance to return to his homeland, where he could potentially see out his career in La Liga.

He is sure to be tempted by that chance and will no doubt see how things go with Chelsea between now and January before making a decision on his future when the window re-opens.

Lampard will be keen to keep both players as he needs two quality players in each position, but he has also shown he is not afraid to let some senior established players move on and the same could apply here.

- TeamTalk Media

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Monday, 21 October 2019
Sheffield United v Arsenal, Bramall Lane 21:00
Friday, 25 October 2019
Southampton v Leicester City, St. Mary's Stadium 21:00
Saturday, 26 October 2019
Manchester City v Aston Villa, Etihad Stadium 13:30
West Ham United v Sheffield United, London Stadium 16:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton, The American Express Community Stadium 16:00
Watford v AFC Bournemouth, Vicarage Road 16:00
Burnley v Chelsea, Turf Moor 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.