AC Milan hot on the trail of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas

AC Milan have reportedly stepped up their interest in signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas amid the recent injury crisis at the club. The Rossoneri are already without Lucas Biglia and Biacomo Bonaventura with long-term injuries and this has intensified their search for a new central midfielder, who could be affordable during the winter transfer window.

According to Calciomercato, the Rossoneri are understood to have already made contact with the representative of Fabregas and they are keen to push through a winter move rather than wait until the season close. The San Siro giants had initially planned to discuss a pre-contract with Fabregas when he approaches the final six months of his Blues deal in January, but their stance appears to have changed amid the recent bout of injuries which have hampered them.

Cesc Fabregas hoping to get into Maurizio Sarri’s Premier League plans

Spain international Cesc Fabregas has not given up on cementing regular gametime under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri this term. The 31-year-old has yet to make a league start for Chelsea this campaign but he remains optimistic of changing the mindset of the manager in the forthcoming months.

Speaking to reporters, Fabregas highlighted that Sarri only sees him as a holding midfielder and he is keen to change the Italian’s mindset, having played further up the field for most of his professional career, he said: “When you just play once a week, you try to be safe. You don’t have the confidence you should have. You want to look good for the coach, but you don’t want to make mistakes.

Fabregas Open to Staying at Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he is hopeful about staying at Chelsea, who are yet to offer him a new contract. The 31-year-old will be free to join a new club at the end of the campaign as he only has eight months left on his deal. Chelsea are yet to come up with a new offer on the table. Even if the blues want to keep Fabregas at the club, they are unlikely to offer anything over than a one-year contract as the club have a policy of offering players above 30 with only a one-year contract.

A player of Fabregas’ stature may not find shortage of long-term offers at various clubs across the world. He may even to the MLS with a five-year contract given that he is only 31. However, the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder has claimed that he would like to remain at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future. Fabregas also claims that he still has a lot of football left in him. Interestingly, he has made a major claim about being attracted to Maurizio Sarri’s tactics at the club. A lot of Chelsea players – even if they are not regular first-team players – have spoken in favour of Maurizio Sarri and Fabregas speaking in praise of the manager is a huge surprise after having played with some of the best coaches in the world.

Eden Hazard praises Olivier Giroud as the world’s best target man

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has hailed Olivier Giroud as the world’s best target man after his contribution towards his hat-trick against Cardiff City. Hazard secured his first hat-trick for the Blues since 2014 as they beat the Bluebirds by a 4-1 scoreline and Giroud played a major part contributing a couple of assists.

Speaking after the game, Hazard was full of praise for the French World Cup winner who has already contributed three assists to the club’s cause this term, he said: “Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world; I think so. When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it’s a pleasure to play with him. When Alvaro (Morata) was playing it’s completely different, he’s a different player than Olivier, but they both have great qualities, so I’m happy to have good strikers in the team.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek eyeing regular role under Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is seeking to make the attacking midfield position his own after coming on as a substitute during the Blues’ 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town. The England international has made good strides since his season-long loan with Crystal Palace last term and he was most-recently part of the Three Lions squad which reached the semi-final of the World Cup.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Loftus-Cheek admitted that he is most comfortable playing as the advanced midfielder in the 4-3-3 formation and he is prepared to work hard to achieve the role with the west London giants, he said: “I’ve played in a few positions, mostly on the left of midfield [at Palace] last season. Playing in a 4-3-3 in an attacking midfield position is kind of my position really, my suited position, so hopefully I can bring my best football to the team.

Cesc Fabregas encouraged by Maurizio Sarri appointment

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that he has been encouraged by the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the Blues next manager. The Italian’s arrival is expected to revert the club to the 4-3-3 formation from the 3-4-3 often adopted under Antonio Conte and Fabregas is relishing the prospect of getting more freedom from the centre of the park.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "His way of football, I believe in. I really like it, I grew up in this system, in this quality of football, that he wants to bring to the football club. I think the type of player like myself, we can take a lot of advantage. We just have to train very hard, be united, be a team."

Cesc Fabregas believes Marcus Rashford works best from the bench

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes Marcus Rashford has not gained enough experience to warrant a starting role with England. The Manchester United youngster has made significant strides at club level over the past 24 months but Fabregas does not agree with the point that he should replace Raheem Sterling in the starting lineup.

Speaking on BBC Sport, he said: “Yeah he did play well. I don’t know why, for now, I know he’s still young and has lot of quality, but Rashford for now I still like to make impacts in the second half.When teams are a bit more tired he brings so much energy, he makes the difference.When he starts games I don’t really see that. I think Sterling is a player that I really like and with confidence I think he can bring a lot.”

Chelsea must keep hold of Hazard

Spain and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told the Chelsea management to hold on to Eden Hazard, who has been linked with Real Madrid. He said that the Belgium international is one of the best players in the world and that they need him at Chelsea.

He said that if you want to win trophies you will have to hold on to your best players and that losing a player such as Hazard will be a wrong move for Chelsea.

Fabregas ready for 2018/19

Cesc Fabregas said that he is ready for the new season and that he will be expecting a lot from the new manager Maurizio Sarri. He said that last season was a tough one and he will be hoping that the former Napoli manager will bring about some change in the team morale.

Cesc Fabregas said that it is important for a team as Chelsea to be challenging for the Premier League as well as the Champions League and unfortunately for them, they could not manage to do that. Indeed there has been lots of problems on the pitch and off the pitch and they will be hoping that things get better with the arrival of the new manager.

Leonardo Jardim commits future to AS Monaco amid Chelsea speculation

Portuguese manager Leonardo Jardim has reportedly refuted the ongoing speculation over his position at AS Monaco. The 43-year-old has been linked with a possible move to Chelsea over the past couple of weeks but he has now refuted those claims by citing his ambition to stay put with the Principality outfit.
“I am fortunate to have Dmitry Rybolovlev as president, we have a relationship of trust, we have been working together for four years, and he is a president of great quality: to know how to take the important decisions to make forward the club. We will continue together for the future and continue to progress the project of AS Monaco,” he said.

Chelsea are still under the tutelage of manager Antonio Conte but the Italian has widely been tipped to be sacked before the end of the month. As such, the Blues have rumoured to have begun their search for a new head coach and Maurizio Sarri appears as the front-runner for the job after parting ways with Napoli.

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