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Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he is 'a little bit' annoyed with Barcelona's pursuit of player

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has 12 months left on his deal; Sky in Germany understand Timo Werner wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer; Chelsea remain confident of completing a deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde despite interest from Barcelona

Chelsea's head coach Thomas Tuchel, left, greets Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Thursday, May 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Image: Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (left) is unsure whether he wants to let Cesar Azpilicueta join Barcelona

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he is a "little bit" annoyed with Barcelona over their pursuit of Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 32-year-old has 12 months remaining on his Chelsea contract and has reportedly asked to leave the club after a decade at Stamford Bridge to return to his native Spain with Barcelona.

But Tuchel says he is not sure if he wants to give Azpilicueta "what he wants", and believes Barca have undervalued the defender, comparing his value to that of recent Chelsea capture Kalidou Koulibaly, who signed for £33m from Napoli earlier this month.

When asked at the Universal Orlando Resort, if he has been annoyed by the Spanish giants' pursuit of Azpilicueta, Tuchel replied: "Maybe a little bit."

Cesar Azpilicueta after Chelsea's 2021 Champions League win
Image: Cesar Azpilicueta has won eight major honours in his 10 years at Chelsea

Asked about the Spaniard's future, Tuchel said: "It's a tough question because I am not sure if I want to give Azpi what he wants.

"At some point it is about what we want. I just made the comparison about how much we fought for Koulibaly, who is a national team player and roughly the same age.

"He is a hugely important player for Napoli but we have a Spanish international who is the captain at Chelsea. I see him maybe at the same level but Barcelona don't see him on that level. So I am not sure if I want to give him what he wants as he is a huge player.

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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says there is 'no update' on his club's pursuit of Sevilla's Jules Kounde and also says he does not want to give up on Cesar Azpilicueta. Tuchel was speaking at the Universal Orlando Resort.

"We don't think so much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need. I said that to him and I say it to you that I understand on a personal and a career level. But I am not only in this role to give him what he wants. I am a manager for Chelsea who wants to do what's best for Chelsea.

"He doesn't like it but he understands. It is tough for him because the other club is permanently on him. On September 1 when things calm down, then he can play on his highest level."

Tuchel also told Sky Sports News: "I understand his wish, his concerns, his thoughts about his career and his personal life, but he is also our captain, a huge captain and a legend and a winner. And I don't see many reasons as my role as manager to give up on all these strengths that he has."

Sky in Germany: Werner wants to leave Chelsea

Timo Werner could depart Stamford Bridge this summer with the striker wanting to leave the club, according to Sky in Germany.

Asked whether Werner is looking for an exit, Tuchel told Sky Sports News: "I don't think so, so I don't know about it.

"Timo has not talked to me about it. I think he wants to make his way at Chelsea, and he is still to prove a point."

Timo Werner celebrates his equaliser
Image: Timo Werner scored 11 goals in all competitions last season

Werner joined Chelsea in June 2020 from RB Leipzig in a £45m deal and has scored 23 goals in 89 appearances in all competitions.

The 26-year-old started 15 Premier League games last season and scored four times.

Chelsea remain confident of completing Kounde deal

Meanwhile, Barca are also rivalling Chelsea for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde but the Blues remain confident of completing a deal for the Frenchman.

, Turin, United Kingdom: Turin, Italy, 7th October 2021. Jules Kounde of France during the UEFA Nations League match at Juventus Stadium, Turin. Picture credit should read: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage(Credit Image: © Jonathan Moscrop/CSM via ZUMA Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
Image: Sevilla defender Jules Kounde looks set to join Chelsea this summer

The 23-year-old belatedly joined up with Sevilla's pre-season training camp in Portugal on Thursday after he was initially left out of the group.

Chelsea have had a verbal agreement with Kounde since June, with the former Bordeaux defender admired for some time by Tuchel.

Asked about their Kounde pursuit, Tuchel told Sky Sports News: "No news. If there will be news about Jules Kounde I will tell you. I will not start commenting on other players."

But the German admitted he wants a "minimum of one more" defender, having lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively this summer.

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