Antonio Conte believes that Cesar Azpilicueta is “one of the best in the world” at centre-half.
Azpilicueta has featured in a variety of different positions for Chelsea since joining the club in 2012.
The Spaniard played at right-back in his first season at Stamford Bridge, but has also played at left-back.
He has become a crucial part of Conte’s central defence since the switch in formation last year, and his manager is enamoured.
“Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us,” the Italian said.
“In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world. He is very good with and without the ball.
“He’s a fantastic guy, he’s always positive, and during the training sessions he works in a fantastic way.
“For a coach to have him is a dream.”