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With Chelsea playing host to West Ham on Sunday, Chelsea vice-captain Cesar Azpilicueta has vowed to get the three points against the Hammers as a tribute to the late Ray Wilkins.

Wilkins is a Chelsea through and through who came out from the club’s academy, became captain at a young age and even served as an assistant manager at the club.

A minute’s applause will occur before the game, while the players will wear black armbands in honour of Ray’s memory.

Azpilicueta is fully aware of the impact that Wilkins had on this club and wants to mark the occasion with a victory in his memory.

“I would like to personally pay tribute to Ray and for what he did for football, especially at our club, and my condolences go out to his family,” said our vice-captain.

“I think the way he supported and loved the club was fantastic and, as well as a minute’s applause, I think winning the game would be the best way to say thanks to him and his family for everything he has done for Chelsea.

“We all know how important he was for this club and especially for a lot of our players, as he played a big role for them.

“We have young players here that have come through the academy that knew him very well and even though I didn’t get to meet him personally, I am fully aware of what he did for this football club. Everybody has spoken only good words about him and people hold him very highly in their thoughts.”

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