Cesar Azpilicueta has dismissed a summer move away from Chelsea after reports linked him with a possible reunion with Jose Mourinho, who has taken over the reins at Manchester United following his dismissal from Stamford Bridge midway through last season. The Spaniard is currently on international duty with the national team at Euro 2016 and is preparing for a clash against Italy in the Round of 16.
The 26-year-old versatile defender has denied any contact with the Portuguese boss, who was pivotal in converting him from a right-back to a full-time left back at Chelsea. He has been a vital cog in the Blues' defence since his arrival from Marseille four years ago and is keen to remain at the club beyond the summer.
According to AS, the incoming Chelsea boss is open to letting the defender leave the club, but is holding out for a bid around the €15m (£11.8m, $16.9m) mark, which is unlikely to trouble the Red Devils. Apart from the 20-time English champions, the report claims that Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on signing the defender.
But Azpilicueta was not interested in talking about his future in the middle of his country's Euro 2016 campaign, and made it clear that Spain and Chelsea were the only two teams in his mind at the moment.
"[Mourinho?] No. If you believe me or don't believe me," Azpilicueta told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, as translated by the Sun.
"It's always a compliment that you are wanted. I've heard highly about [Bilbao boss] Ernesto Valverde but I'm focused on the national team and Chelsea."
"I've been there [Chelsea] for four years, I am very happy and I feel highly valued," the Spain international explained.