Chelsea have completed the signing of Marseille right back Cesar Azpilicueta. Both clubs have confirmed the Spaniard has now finalised his move to Stamford Bridge, ending weeks of speculation. The European champions have not revealed the transfer fee for the defender or the length of his contract but reports suggest the Blues paid the Ligue 1 side around £7m for the player's services.
"Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Cesar Azpilicueta. The 22-year-old right-back, who recently represented Spain at the London Olympics, arrives at Stamford Bridge following a two-year spell in France's Ligue 1 with Marseille," read a statement on the club's Web site.
Azpilicueta joined Marseille in June 2010 from Spanish club Osasuna and has since appeared 69 times for the French club.
"OM defender Cesar Azpilicueta has officially been transferred to reigning European champions Chelsea. Azpi's move to Chelsea is done. Following Vincent Labrune and Jose Anigo's trip to London on Tuesday, the negotiations between OM and the English club were finalised on Friday and the Spaniard signed his contract," read Marseille's statement.
Azpilicueta will give Roberto Di Matteo more options on the right, following the departure of Jose Bosingwa earlier in the summer. A Sky Sports report claims the defender will join up with his new team mates for training soon and could be in contention for the forthcoming home league game against Newcastle United. The Spain U23 international missed Marseille's Europa League qualifier against FC Sheriff Tiraspol on 23 August as he travelled to London to complete the deal.
Azpilicueta will be the Blues' fourth summer signing, following Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar, bringing their summer transfer spending to well above the £70m mark. The player also becomes the fourth Spaniard at the west London club, linking up with compatriots Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu.