Chelsea complete signing of Azpilicueta from Marseille

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 24th, 2012
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Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta has completed his move from Marseille to Chelsea, the French club have confirmed.

The 22-year-old right-back has joined the European champions in a deal reportedly worth £7million.

Azpilicueta, who has represented Spain at several youth levels and played at the Olympics this summer, missed Marseille’s Europa League qualifier against FC Sheriff Tiraspol last night as he travelled to London to complete the deal.

Marseille confirmed the move in a statement on their website.

“Cesar Azpilicueta transfer to Chelsea’s is official. The Spanish defender has signed with the Champions of Europe 2012,” the statement said.

Azpilicueta made the last of his 69 appearances for Marseille in last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Sochaux.

He joined the French club in 2010 from Osasuna, and although he suffered a serious knee injury in his first season on the Mediterranean coast, he went on to establish himself as the club’s first-choice right-back.

Chelsea confirmed the deal with a statement on their own website.

“Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Cesar Azpilicueta,” the club said.

“The 22-year-old right-back, who recently represented Spain at the London Olympics, arrives at Stamford Bridge following a two-year spell in France’s Ligue 1 with Marseille.”

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