Chelsea star credit boss Mourinho for his return to international football

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Chelsea fullback Cesar Azpilicueta has credited his current boss for his huge development and recent Spanish call-up.

When football fans think of Chelsea and their players, arguably the last name that will come to mind is quiet full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 24-year-old joined the Blues in 2012 for a reported £7m, and has gradually become one of the most consistent players in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of Spain’s international friendly with Italy, Cesar Azpilicueta admitted that his regular involvement in the Chelsea starting XI was a surprise. He marked the moment when Ashley Cole suffered an injury as when it all began.

Reported by Spanish newspaper Marca, he said: “I try to do my best and I will keep working hard.”

“Everything came about for the circumstance of Ashley Cole getting injured.”

“Up until that moment, I wasn’t playing much and the only thing I thought about was to take advantage of the minutes on the pitch and to help Chelsea.”

Despite Ashley Cole returning from injury, Azpilicueta - who is a natural right-back - kept his place in the side at left-back at the expense of the England international.

The Spanish national team has selected the Chelsea man before, however his appearances for La Roja are limited to just four. When hearing upon his return to the squad, Azpilicueta was quick to credit Mourinho for his selection and for giving him an excellent chance of going to Brazil this summer:

“Mourinho has helped me a lot. He has always helped me.”

“Despite not playing regularly at the beginning, the coach always showed his trust in me. The job we have been doing reflects that now. I have learned so much from him.”

Should Cesar Azpilicueta make the final 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup?

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