Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta in tears as he bids farewell to the Blues after 11 years

Former Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta could be on the move to Atletico Madrid this summer amid interest from Inter Milan

FOOTBALL Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta in tears as he bids farewell to the Blues after 11 years

Joel Omotto 21:30 - 06.07.2023

The Spanish defender was overcome by emotions as he announced his departure from Stamford Bridge

Cesar Azpilicueta was in tears as he confirmed his departure from Chelsea after over a decade of stellar service at Stamford Bridge.

Azpilicueta has called time on his career at Chelsea after 11 years and nine trophies with the Blues.

The defender leaves as a true club legend after winning the Premier League, Champions League, League Cup, FA Cup, Club World Cup, and Europa League during his time in West London.

"Cesar leaves an everlasting mark at Chelsea, as a warrior, as a champion, and as a loyal Chelsea legend. He has set the standards at the club for more than a decade and demonstrated to everyone what is required day in, day out to achieve success," said Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in a joint statement.

"Coaches and teammates past and present have trusted him to lead by example as captain. He has done so immaculately on and off the pitch, something for which we are grateful. For that and so much more, Cesar will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge."

Azpilicueta also sent out a message to fans on social media, signing off with his infamous nickname. "Your captain Cesar Azpilicueta, aka 'Dave'."

"This is, without a doubt, the hardest letter I have ever had to write, but I wanted to be the one to share this with you: after 11 incredible seasons proudly keeping the blue flag flying high, the time has come for me to leave Chelsea FC," he wrote.

"Our journey together started on the 24th of August 2012: After waiting impatiently to travel to London, my first day as a Chelsea player finally became a reality. From the first moment I wore the blue shirt, I felt right at home. 

"I will always remember the butterflies in my stomach as I looked at all the trophies and successful moments posted on the wall of the training ground, a success that a young "Azpi" wanted to emulate.

“I could not have imagined to be here today after 508 appearances, winning nine trophies and becoming your captain. Adriana and I arrived in London as a young couple, and we are leaving as a family of five, with our kids having been born and raised in England. Our bond with the city and the club will remain forever."

Azpilicueta is now expected to head to LALIGA and join Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal.