The future of Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta remains unresolved.
He wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and return home to Spain, with Barcelona waiting in the wings to sign him.
However, they are going increasingly frustrated with the impasse over his situation at Stamford Bridge. Although his contract officially comes to an end at the end of June, he made sufficient appearances last season to trigger an automatic one year extensive.
Azpilicueta thought that there was a tacit agreement in place to allow him to leave in this window, but is reluctant to force the issue out of loyalty to Chelsea.
However, he is now under pressure to submit a formal transfer request as a means of breaking the deadlock.
That will put the onus back on Chelsea. Make him honour his contract knowing that he does not want to be there, or allow him to leave with goodwill on both sides?
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.