Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is set to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, according to reports.
Azpilicueta, 33, has a year remaining on his contract in West London.
The transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that he is on the verge of joining Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea has officially communicated to César Azpilicueta and his representatives that he will be granted permission to depart from the club for free.
His contract will be terminated, highlighting the mutual respect shared between Azpilicueta and the club.
The full-back will pen a two-year deal with Diego Simeone’s side.
Azpilicueta’s transfer sees him return to LaLiga 13 years after leaving boyhood club Osasuna.
He left Spain for Marseille in 2010 before joining Chelsea two years later.
The 5ft 10in ace has made a huge impact in West London, making 508 Chelsea appearances.
With the Blues Azpilicueta won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and two Europa Leagues.
He succeeded Gary Cahill as captain in 2019 and was the skipper to lift Chelsea’s second Champions League.
Chelsea have confirmed to César Azpilicueta and his camp that he's gonna be allowed to leave for free; his contract will be terminated. Mutual respect between Azpi and the club. 🔵✅ #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 1, 2023
⚪️🔴 Atlético will unveil Azpi as new signing very soon. It's done, sealed, here-we-go. pic.twitter.com/0HqRFAbpOb
Azpilicueta played under 10 different managers at Stamford Bridge, winning Prem titles under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
He will now hope to add a LaLiga triumph to his extensive list of honours.
In addition to excelling at club level, Azpilicueta also earned 44 international caps with Spain – going to three World Cups and two European Championships.