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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he’s delighted to have secured club captain Cesar Azpilicueta for two more years, while our head coach has also updated on any impending transfer activity.

After signing a deal that keeps him at the club until at least 2024, Azpilicueta will now surpass more than a decade of service at Chelsea.

It’s good news for head coach Thomas Tuchel, who admits the skipper’s contract extension came as no surprise.

“I was not surprised because we were part of the process. We are very happy that our captain remains on board. He embodies what Chelsea stand for, he is humble,” said Tuchel.

“He is a legend at the club and he can lead by example. He can continue to do what he has done for so many years. This is very good news for us.

Tuchel was also asked about speculation the Blues are set to add to the squad ahead of the weekend’s encounter with Everton, with the addition of Brighton defender Marc Cucurella.

The boss gave an update on our transfer activity at his pre-match press conference at Cobham this morning.

“It’s not done yet,” Tuchel said. ‘I don’t want to tell you that I don’t know anything, but the paperwork is in progress [for Cucurella]. Hopefully we can finish it so Marc can be our player.

The 24-year-old made 35 appearances for Brighton in the Premier League last season, the most of any outfield player in Graham Potter’s side.

“He can also play in the back three. He looks like Azpilicueta’s profile with the left foot, so he gives us plenty of options.

“He is young, hungry, mobile and very smart in several positions in our system. We hope that the transfer will take place. If it passes, Levi Colwill has the possibility of finding playing time elsewhere, ”added the Bavarian.

“It’s hard to judge him in pre-season [Colwill]because he came back but there was not much playing time in pre-season because of the small injury he had in training.

“If there is a possibility for him to have a good loan where he can develop and improve, we are open to those solutions.”

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