Cesar Azpilicueta has confirmed he’s leaving the Blues after over a decade of stellar service at Stamford Bridge.
After 11 years and nine championships with the Blues, Azpilicueta announced his retirement from the Chelsea team.
The defender leaves west London as a true club icon after claiming victories in the Premier League, Champions League, League Cup, FA Cup, Club World Cup, and Europa League.
“Cesar leaves an everlasting mark at Chelsea, as a warrior, as a champion, and as 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 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.