Chelsea star: Mourinho switch 'has allowed me to grow as a player'

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Cesar Azpilicueta certainly doesn't seem to mind playing out of position at the club.

This summer sees Chelsea stalwart Ashley Cole depart Stamford Bridge after a campaign in which he found himself playing second fiddle for most of the campaign to right-back by trade Cesar Azpilicueta.

Jose Mourinho was obviously no longer a fan of Cole - with the veteran leaving at the end of the season to search for pastures new.

That is mainly down to the form Azpilicueta has shown since making the switch to the opposite side of the field. The former Marseille player has demonstrated on numerous occasions a dogged defensive style, which obviously allies itself to the style of Jose Mourinho.

And he has been speaking about his new position whilst away on international duty with Spain. Azpilicueta, who has made it into Vicente Del Bosque's squad for Brazil, spoke to El Pais and stated on the topic of his positional switch:

"I have almost played more on the left than on the right. Need more options? A little can, you have another option, of course. I always thought that the right side is my position, but I have improved on the left. It has allowed me to grow as a player."

Azpilicueta then wet on to discuss Mourinho in detail, explaining how he realises everyone has mixed opinions on the controversial Portuguese manager:

"Everyone has a different view of him. Look for the good of the team. Since arriving we have worked very well and a shame not to have achieved the titles. He is very demanding, and that is the only way the team can be better. The beauty of football is that, with many styles, can be a team and can achieve glory."

Chelsea are believed to be looking for a new left-back this summer regardless of ' Daves' excellent performances starting in his unorthodox position.

With that in mind, whoever does come in, will have a battle to get Azpi off the throne.

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