London: Chelsea full back Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
The Spain international, who arrived at the London club in 2012 as a right back, has been a regular at left back, preferred by manager Jose Mourinho to former England international Ashley Cole, who has moved to AS Roma.
Azpilicueta has made 95 appearances for Chelsea, scoring a single goal, and was a member of the side that won the Europa League trophy in 2013.
Last season he was voted the club`s players` player of the year.
He has started all three of Chelsea`s Premier League matches this season.
Last season he was part of the Chelsea defence that conceded just 27 goals in 38 games - the lowest total in the league.
The 25-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Olympique de Marseille for a fee of about 6.5 million pounds ($10.72 million) two years ago.
His contract extension comes despite the club`s acquisition in the close season of Filipe Luis, who was Atletico Madrid`s left back when they won the Spanish League last season.
In a statement on its website (www.chelseafc.com), the club said: "Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce Cesar Azpilicueta has today signed a new five-year contract."