According to Le Provence [h/t Soccerway], Cesar Azpiliceuta has said his goodbyes to Marseille.

The Spanish right-back is a touted acquisition for Chelsea and him cutting his ties seemingly edges the West London club to within inches of signing him.

"Everyone thinks it's been a tough time for me with my thoughts spilt between Marseille and Chelsea," Azpilicueta told Le Provence.

"If my departure can help Marseille's finances, then it is a good deal for everyone concerned."

The Basque full-back will come in to fill a serious need of Roberto Di Matteo's, as Branislav Ivanovic is currently the only senior player who can operate in that position.

Chelsea came to close to experiencing how that could come to haunt them, as Ivanovic was cleared to play in the Premier League opener after a red card in the Community Shield "friendly."

The Spaniard is great going forward, tough defensively and borderline world-class on his day.

Despite dogged speculation he's remained professional, helping Marseille to two clean sheets in their season opening games.

According to WhoScored?, he's already made seven clearances, four interceptions and maintained an 88.2 percent pass completion rate.

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