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Cesar Azpilicueta rejects speculative transfer rumor nonsense, declares preference for Premier League just in case

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There was a moment in a recent Jose Mourinho press conference when a journalist asked the Chelsea manager what he made of the speculation regarding a possible Chelsea bid for some promising youngster or another.  The particulars aren't important.  Mourinho's response was something to the effect of "there is no speculation, except the one you just started right there."  One gets the feeling that the Cesar Azpilicueta-return-to-Spain transfer rumor is a similar kind of speculation.  That Marca is mentioned just a few lines earlier in source article below is hardly surprising.

"I do not think about [a return to La Liga]."

"I am very happy here. I follow La Liga but personally I do not think about returning there. Now I'm really enjoying London. I prefer the Premier League."

-Cesar Azpilicueta; source: IB Times

A silly enquiry on many levels, but kudos to Azpilicueta for giving a professional answer.  Lesser men may have just rolled their eyes and made a fart noise.  But professionalism is Dave's middle name.  His other middle name: "Rat."

"Those words (from Neville and Carragher) flatter me. But also they make me eager to improve. I have always worked to be one of the best and it is clear that the more you achieve the more pressure you have."

"But I still can improve a lot. Whenever I see a game, I tried to look at other players who play in my position because they teach me things to improve myself.

"I am lucky to train with great defenders and they are also an example for me."

-Cesar Azpilicueta; source: Express

By the way, what's "your" position anyway?  Left back?  Right back?  Everywhere back back?\

"In the big teams, there is always competition and the competition helps us to improve. I like the competition and fight for my place every day."

"I am actually playing even more on the left, and I feel better every day there. The truth is that in either of the two positions (right back or left back) I can give my best."

-Cesar Azpilicueta; source: Evening Standard

Azpilicueta, who called the end of last season the "toughest period in his career" thanks to the Sunderland loss where he was adjudged to have fouled Jozy Altidore, the Chelsea loss in the Champions League semifinals, and Spain's disastrous World Cup, has been nigh impeccable so far this season and has kept new boy Filipe Luis largely on the fringes of the first-team.  Go on, Dave!

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