Thomas Tuchel has admitted he was annoyed with Barcelona’s approach to signing Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta. The manager claims that the Catalan side don’t see him as an important player and only consider him as a reserve player.

Barca have been trying to sign Azpiliceuta for some time and were convinced to give him a free transfer this summer. However, a clause in his contract saw the club captain’s deal at Stamford Bridge extended for another season, leaving the Catalan side stuck in negotiations.

Barcelona and Chelsea are in direct contact with a new round of talks now scheduled to discuss César Azpilicueta. Barça wants to speed up the negotiation. 🚨🔵🔴 #FCBAzpi, awaiting the club’s agreement because Barça’s contract proposal has been in his hands since March: agreement until 2024. https://t.co/okDgo5ANHV

According Barca Universal, the Blues demanded £7million for their club captain. The 32-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Catalans and is ready to sign a two-year deal with them.

Tuchel was speaking to the media in Florida on Friday night when asked about the La Liga side’s approach to signing Azpilicueta. The manager admitted he was annoyed and was quoted by Subway saying:

“Maybe a little. It’s a difficult question because I don’t know if I want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point, it’s about what we want. I just did the comparison on how much we fought for [Kalidou] Koulibaly, who is a national team player and around the same age.

He is a hugely important player for Napoli, but we have a Spanish international who captains Chelsea. I may see him on the same level but Barcelona don’t see him on this level.”

He added:

“So I don’t know if I want to give him what he wants because he’s a great player. We don’t think so much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need. I told him that and I tell you that I understand on a personal and professional level.

But I’m not just in this role to give him what he wants. I am a Chelsea manager who wants to do what is best for Chelsea. He doesn’t like it but he understands. It’s hard for him because the other club is always on him.”

Barcelona target Azpilicueta won it all at Chelsea

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012 and has won every trophy the club has competed for in the last ten years.

His time at Stamford Bridge saw him win the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup .

The 32-year-old made 474 appearances for the Blues, scoring 17 goals and registering 55 assists in all competitions.

He would like a change now and is open to a move to Barcelona. However, the Blues haven’t sanctioned the transfer yet as they are waiting to sign his replacement.

According to the transfer expert fabrice romanothe west London club are working on a deal worth £55million from Sevilla for France defender Jules Kounde.


Edited by Aranya Chaudhury

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