Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has been widely tipped for a move to Barcelona this summer, but Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has grown frustrated with the Catalan giants’ attempts to sign him. After winning everything there is to win with Chelsea, the 32-year-old is eager to move to the Nou Camp and work under Barcelona legend Xavi. Tuchel was thought to be willing to sanction the move if the west Londoners landed Jules Kounde from Sevilla. But Tuchel is hesitant, and when asked if he is becoming frustrated with the Spanish giants trying to lure away a player with a year left on his contract, he said: “A little bit, maybe.” Explaining his reluctance to allow Azpilicueta to leave, he pointed to the Spanish defender’s experience and said: “It’s a tough question because I’m not sure if I want to give Azpi what he wants.” The Catalans are also vying for Kounde with the Blues. “At some point, it is also about us,” Tuchel added. I was just making a comparison to how hard we fought for Kalidou Koulibaly. He is a national champion. He’s about the same age as Azpi. He is a crucial player for Napoli, serving as captain. “Then you have a Spanish International player, Chelsea’s captain.” I see him as being on the same level as me. “I told him many times that I understand him on a personal and professional level.” I can see his point of view.
Tuchel is dissatisfied with Barcelona’s tactics in attempting to sign Azpilicueta.
“However, it is not only my responsibility to give him what he wants and what makes sense for him. I am also manager of Chelsea and I have to do what is best for Chelsea.” Asked whether he believes Azpilicueta could be affected by missing out on his move, Tuchel added: “It is maybe now a bit tough because the other club is on him. It is always on him, causing distraction. “But by September 1st, when things calm down and things are clear, I’m very confident that he can play at his highest level.”