Chelsea have confirmed Cesar Azpilicueta has left the club after 11 years at Stamford Bridge.
The club captain, who won it all after signing for £7 million from Marseille, leaves on a free transfer and will sign for Atletico Madrid. Azpilicueta made 508 appearances for Chelsea and departs as a club legend.
On his exit, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali told the official Chelsea website: “Cesar leaves an everlasting mark at Chelsea, as a warrior, as a champion, and as loyal Chelsea legend. He has set the standards at the club for more than a decade and demonstrated to everyone what is required day in, day out to achieve success.
“Coaches and teammates past and present have trusted him to lead by example as captain. He has done so immaculately on and off the pitch, something for which we are grateful. For that and so much more, Cesar will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”
Azpilicueta addressed fans with a six-minute goodbye and hopes to return back to Stamford Bridge in a non-playing capacity, as well as to say a proper goodbye to the supporters.
The 33-year-old also penned a letter to Chelsea as he finalises his switch to the Wanda Metropolitano.