Gary Neville picks Cesar Azpilicueta as the best defender in the Premier League this season.

Gary Neville named Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

When the former United player and now Sky Sports expert and England coach was asked to name a standout defender in the Premier League from a defensive point of view, Gary Neville called Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 25-year-old has been in good form over the last year for the Blues after Jose Mourinho employed the Spaniard to the left-back position ahead of Ashley Cole on numerous occasions last season.

Azpilicueta becoming a key man in Mourinho's defence and “I'd say, for consistency of performances, it would be one of the Chelsea lads – and I'd probably say Azpilicueta,” Neville told Sky Sports on Monday night.

“For technical defending, not making a mistake, not being in the wrong position, not getting caught out… I don’t see him making a mistake. And I have to say the Chelsea defenders aren’t far behind him; Gary Cahill, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.

“But Azpilicueta, when I watch him, he’s as near to perfect as possible when it comes to defending; he’s immaculate.”