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Official: César Azpilicueta signs for Chelsea

After a slew of attacking options being brought to the club in the transfer window, Chelsea have finally brought in a defender in this transfer window. The arrival of the Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta all but completes the rebuilding of the squad. César Azpilicueta will be the replacement for the Portuguese Jose Bosingwa, who was released by the club at the end of last season.

The 22-year-old Spanish defender has reportedly cost Chelsea £7 million, which is excellent business in this current climate. He has been the first choice right back for the French club for the last two seasons and has made 69 appearances.

A statement on the Marseille website read:

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

Chelsea’s statement read:

“Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of César Azpilicueta.

“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.”

Here is what Juan Mata had to say about his countryman:

“He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player.

“I played against him when he used to play for Osasuna, and he was one of their best players, which is how he is now here with Chelsea.

“He is such a nice guy, a young player who is very clever on and off the pitch, so he will be very good here.”

The club has not disclosed the length of his contract.