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Why Cesar Azpilicueta will go down as a Chelsea legend

Friday 3rd March 2017
In modern football, it is always so rare and difficult to find a player who you can call a 'clubman'. Most teams will have the odd one or two who will usually stay and play at that Club for many years and become a legend (which is, of course, a hugely overused word in football).

But the type of player I am talking about fully deserves that label. I am speaking about your Frank Lampard's, John Terry's, Steven Gerrard's just to name a few. You know the type, the guys who will put their footballing lives on the line to fight for the badge on their shirts, who will always put a shift in and will do anything possible to help, defend and support the cause of the Club they are representing. On top of that, they will always give the majority of their footballing careers to that Club and stay there a good while.

For me, those are the qualities that will warrant you to become a club legend and while we talk about the rareness of these players, there is one player currently who's been playing at three different positions for Chelsea with his latest conversion to a Centre Back. That man, of course, is Cesar Azpilicueta, a name that I can genuinely see being mentioned in years to come in the same breath as Terry and Lampard.

Cesar, or Dave as the fans call him in a light-hearted dig at the impossibility to pronounce his surname when he first arrived, has been a Chelsea player now for 5 years. I know, hard to believe right? He signed for The Blues from Marseille in August 2012 for a measly £7 million, again very hard to believe, imagine what he would be worth right now!
He was fairly unknown especially in English football but since joining he has never looked back, he took a small time to settle in but as soon as he did he established himself as one of the most important players in the current Chelsea line up and most probably the first name on the team sheet.

Not only has his performances been absolutely superb, he is also turning into a real leader on the pitch. If you watch him you can see he is always one of the most vocal players out there, organising his defence and the players in front of him. Add to that his desire, passion and dedication to the Club, here we have a player with a perfect attitude, characteristics and qualities to be as effective as players such as Lampard have been in the past.

Just the way he celebrates goals, fights for every ball, handles himself on social media and interacts with the fans is really something to admire. He has already established himself as a fans favourite as well as being such a loveable character. He would class himself as Mr Chelsea for sure.

Given the fact he is still only 27-years old, he still has the peak of his career to come over the next couple of seasons and at least another 5 seasons in the top flight, hopefully for Chelsea. At that point, he'd have been at the Club over Ten years and it will be then that he earns his club legend status. Can you imagine just how immense he will be if he continues to grow the way he has done? Chelsea have a true quality leader on their hands here and a genuine contender to be the next Chelsea Captain or at least vice when Terry leaves at the end of this term.

In the making, Cesar Azpilicueta IS a Chelsea legend.

Simon Phillips
Simon Phillips
Football Writer for the last 7 years, specialising in the English Premier League and covering a wide range of topics.

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