Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta has claimed that there has been no contact from Chelsea over a potential move, but admits that he would consider switching to a “great” club to further his chances with the Spain national team.
The 22-year-old has been the subject of reports linking him with a possible 14.4 (£12) million switch to Stamford Bridge, but insists that he is happy in France.
“For me, these are just rumours. There has been no contact, and I am still bound to OM until 2014,” the right-back told L’Equipe.
“Now, if the leaders of Chelsea want me, they should first discuss that with OM. If a proposal comes, I will think about it.
“It is more difficult to start in the national team when you do not play at a great club. You have to be at Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“But I feel good today at OM,” the youngster declared.
Azpilicueta joined Marseille in June 2010 and has made 45 appearances for Didier Deschamps’ side since, though the full-back has yet to make his debut at international level, with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa ahead in the pecking order.
Chelsea’s links with the Spaniard come as manager Andre Villas-Boas seeks to revitalise his backline, having already signed Bolton’s Gary Cahill in a £7m deal with centre-back Alex set to depart the club.