Gary Neville: Cesar Azpilicueta is the best defender in the Premier League

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Ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville rates Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta as the Premier League's best defender, above the likes of Manchester City's Vincent Kompany or Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has picked out the best defender in the Premier League, identifying Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 25-year-old full-back has been a star performer for the Blues after signing for £8.5 million from Marseille in 2012, and last year forced Ashley Cole out by winning the left-back spot.

He is a firm favourite of manager Jose Mourinho, and has earned himself a place in the Spanish international squad.

Neville was asked for his opinion on the best defender in the Premier League on SkySports Monday Night Football, and Jamie Carragher was in agreement with his comments.

The England assistant coach said: "I'd say for consistency of performances, it'd be one of the Chelsea lads, it'd probably be Azpilicueta.

"In terms of techical defending, not making a mistake, not being in the wrong positin, not being caught out, I don't see him making a mistake.

"The Chelsea defence aren't far behind, Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic. When I watch him he is as near to perfect as I have seen, immaculate."

Azpilicueta averages three tackles per game this season for the Blues. His last appearance for the club was however his sending off against Crystal Palace, a match Neville missed perhaps.

Even so, that bad tackle was an out of character mistake for the full-back, and he is now available to return to action for the club after serving a three game suspension, having been a Premier League ever-present beforehand.

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