Azpilicueta has message for boos boys as Chelsea’s £60 million target drops transfer hint

Cesar Azpilicueta says he and his Chelsea team-mates understand why a number of fans have started booing the club for the tactics of boss Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri was Roma Abrampvic’s number one target to come in during the summer transfer window and help get the club challenging for the Premier League title and back into Champions League football, and despite staying in the battle for a top four spot, many have not been impressed.

Against Cardiff on Sunday, Chelsea fans were openly critical of Sarri’s tactics, just as they were during their defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup in February, and Azpilicueta has defended the dissenting supporters,

He told Sky Sports News: “I cannot complain about the fans.

“We have to give them something to enjoy on the pitch. With recent performances, it is normal they are not happy. It’s up to us to turn this around.

“We have always had their support in the bad moments, and when things are going well, we all enjoy them together.

“We have a great chance starting Wednesday [against Brighton] at the Bridge to play a great game and create a great atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea transfer target and Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt has dropped a massive hint about whom he would like to play for in the coming transfer window.

De Ligt is regarded as one of the finest young defenders in world football and is tipped to become one of the best in world football after a stunning first few seasons with the Dutch giants, who have just knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League in sensational fashion.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for De Ligt as they seek to buy a long-term investment rather than a short-term fix, although the transfer ban may scupper any chance they have of sealing a deal.

But ahead of the titanic tie between Ajax and Juventus, De Ligt he dropped a big hint about his next move when praising his opponents.

“I really like [Giorgio] Chiellini, he is very strong, one of the best ever defenders,” he said

“I also appreciate [Leonardo] Bonucci, they are two of the best centre-backs in Europe. For a young man like me, they are both two models to be inspired by.

“Me at Juve? It could be, but there are also other interested clubs. We’ll see at the right time.

“Now, I’m focused on Ajax and my agent Mino Raiola will take care of it.”

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