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Azpilicueta open to Chelsea move

January 18, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Olympique Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta insists there has been no approach from Chelsea as yet but he would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if a bid was lodged.

Cesar Azpilicueta: Spain Under-21 international
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Azpilicueta has been frequently linked with a £12 million transfer to Andre Villas-Boas' side and the Spanish right-back said he would be happy to join a "great club" to help boost his chances of playing for the national team.

The 22-year-old, who is yet to win a senior cap for Spain, is aware of the reports linking him the Blues, but will not be unsettled by the rumours.

"There has been no contact, and I am still bound to OM until 2014," Azpilicueta told L'Equipe. "Now, if the leaders of Chelsea want me, they should first discuss that with OM. If a proposal comes, I will think about it.

"It is more difficult to start in the national team when you do not play at a great club. You have to be at Real Madrid or Barcelona. But I feel good today at OM."

Azpilicueta joined Marseille from Osasuna in 2010 and has made 45 appearances for Didier Deschamps' side since