Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries has admitted that he is flattered by the transfer interest shown in him by Chelsea and Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
The Blues were in the market for a right wing-back to provide cover and competition for Reece James.
James spent a spell of last season on the sidelines through injury and Azpilicueta was used as cover but was heavily linked with a move away.
However, Azpilicueta opted to extend his stay at Chelsea despite the interest from Barcelona.
The La Liga side were unwilling to pay Chelsea's valuation for their skipper, seeing him instead sign a new two-year contract.
This all but ended Chelsea's interest in Dumfries, with the Blues no longer requiring a right wing-back during the transfer window.
However, Dumfries has now dropped a major transfer hint after admitting that he is flattered by the interest of the Blues.
Along with Chelsea, Manchester United were also keen on signing the right back under Erik ten Hag, but the Dutch international remained an Inter player.
Speaking to Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf, as quoted by Goal, he said: "The interest (from Chelsea and Man United) flatters me, of course.
"But my focus now is only on Inter.
"We want to win the Scudetto because we lost it last season."
It remains to be seen as to whether either club will reignite their interest in the attacking full-back, who has started the season bright for both club and country.
Azpilicueta's deal expires in 2024, and the Blues will no doubt be looking for a long-term replacement for their captain.
James has penned a new contract recently, and will be the Blues' first choice right wing-back for the foreseeable future.
A move could happen in the future but for now Dumfries will remain an Inter player.
Chelsea could look to reopen negotiations with the Italians in January, but would likely face competition if Dumfries continues his impressive form.
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