'I don't mind' - Chelsea star happy with his TV nickname

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Cesar Azpilicueta has no problems with people calling him Dave.

If there was an award in the Premier League for most improved player than Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta would have to be a stand out candidate.

The Spaniard has been in top form for The Blues this season - helping them push for Champions League and Premier League titles.

And he has done it all playing out of position.

Jose Mourinho believes that Ashley Cole has run his race - that perhaps he has reached a tipping point in his career from which there is no gloried return on the horizon.

So he has used the right-back by trade on the left hand side and he really has excelled.

But the Chelsea fans will not be singing his name - not as we know it of course.

Cesar Azpilicueta is certainly a mouthful, and with that in mind he has a rather odd nickname … Dave.

He has been given the nickname in homage to the Peckham based sitcom Only Fools and Horses - in which Trigger, played by the late great Roger Lloyd-Pack, always called Nicholas Lyndhurst’s character Dave, despite often being urged that his name was in fact Rodney.

And the Spanish international has been speaking to the club magazine Chelsea about the nickname - and admits he likes it, even if he still isn’t entirely sure where it comes from:

“I didn't know why at first. I knew that my second name was a little bit difficult for people, but it took a little bit of time for me to realise it was because of the TV programme. Even in the street, they call me Dave, so I know that it is done in a good way. I am okay with it. I think they know my name really, and they can probably all spell it, but it's an affectionate nickname for me, so I don't mind.”

What remains to be seen is if ‘Dave’ can lift silverware this summer - with Chelsea or Spain.

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