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Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has spent seven years at the club having joined the Blues in 2012 from Marseille. The Spaniard is currently one of the longest serving players at the club and also played with Frank Lampard before he left the Premier League to the MLS.
Azpilicueta spent two years with Lampard and was one of the younger players of the team while Lampard was in the twilight of his career.
Azpilicueta is heading into his eighth pre-season as a Blue and he has revealed that he’s excited for the new campaign and working under new boss and former team-mate – Frank Lampard.
“I’m really looking forward to the new season,” Azpilicueta said.
“We’ve all had a good break, which was needed after a long season with the Europa League running until the end of May.
“It was great to win a trophy to finish with and now we are all ready and raring to get back at it.
“It’s always a lot of hard work during pre-season but it’s the work you have to put in, to create a good base for our physical condition.
“We want to play with high intensity and we want to be dominant in games, the manager has explained how he wants us to play and we are all enjoying the camp so far.”
Back in 2018, Azpilicueta hailed Lampard as one of the players who were his role models at Chelsea.
“When I came, I was lucky to have JT and Lamps and, even though they didn’t wear the armband, Ashley (Cole), Didier (Drogba), Petr (Cech),” he told the Daily Mirror in 2018.
“I always felt from their behaviour on the day-by-day basis you can tell they were helping you. Sometimes not even saying anything, but just with their eyes.
“They made me understand what it was to play for Chelsea, for the fans, the whole club, it is something that as soon as you come in you take it and you feel it.”