Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that he is now taking on a leadership role within the Blues dressing room.
The Spain international is one of the Stamford Bridge outfits longest-serving players having moved to West London from Marseille in a £7 million deal back in the summer of 2012.
Azpilicueta has established himself as one of the top flight’s most consistent defenders over recent years and has revealed that the experience of working with Chelsea legends like John Terry and Frank Lampard means he knows exactly what kind of example to set for younger members of the Blues squad.
“When I came, I was lucky to have JT and Lamps and, even though they didn’t wear the armband, Ashley, Didier, Petr,’’ he told The Mirror.
“I always felt from their behaviour on the day-by-day basis you can tell they were helping you. Sometimes not even saying anything, but just with their eyes. They made me understand what it was to play for Chelsea, for the fans, the whole club, it is something that as soon as you come in you take it and you feel it.”
Azpilicueta initially got his break in the starting XI at left-back when then Blues boss Jose Mourinho picked him ahead of Ashley Cole.
However, Dave — as he is affectionately known at Stamford Bridge — has revealed that former England full back Cole could not have been nicer to him despite the fact that taking his place effectively ended his Chelsea career.
“He didn’t do anything bad with me, was always with great respect,” Azpilicueta added. “That was amazing from a big player like him, the best left-back in Europe. We still built a good relationship and are talking a lot, and more than football, it is something I have in my mind and I really appreciate.”