Gary Neville: This Chelsea star is so reliable, he’s the league’s best

The former Manchester United star hails Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta as the Premier League's best defender

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta Photo: Cesar Azpilicueta/Instagram

Gary Neville has hailed Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta as the best defender in the Premier League.

The Spain international is the only Chelsea player to start each of their 36 games in their title-winning campaign in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has used Azpilicueta as part of his three-man defence alongside England defender Gary Cahill and Brazil international David Luiz.

The Spain international has scored one goal in 36 appearances in the Premier League this term, while Azpilicueta made the assist for Michy Batshuayi’s winner at West Brom to secure the title last Friday night.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football about Azpilicueta’s performances throughout the 2016-17 campaign, former Manchester United defender Neville hailed the Spanish star’s reliability.

“It is an amazing achievement to go through the season playing every single game,” Neville said.

“It’s tough. It’s reliability you want from your defenders. He is reliable. If there is a left-back, left wing-back, right-back or man-marking job, he’ll do it.

“Technically, he is the best defender in the league. He has been for two or three seasons. He does most things very well.”

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Azpilicueta moved to Chelsea in a deal from Ligue 1 side Marseille in the 2012 summer transfer window.

The Spanish defender has already won two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the EFL Cup during his Chelsea career so far.

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