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.

Chelsea teenager aims to reach the heights of Cesc Fabregas

midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The youngster joined the Blues academy from the Rangers in the summer of 2017 and he has since got the opportunity to training alongside Fabregas, who is a European and World Cup winner with Spain.

In an interview with the Scottish FA, Gilmour suggested that he is learning his trade whilst watching the former Gunners in action and he is hopeful of emulating the Spaniard’s efforts in the centre of the park. He said:"I’ve trained with the first team twice and love watching Cesc Fabregas play. That’s the level I would like to get to. One of the sessions was in preparation for a match and other was a harder session, so that was a great experience."

David Wagner: Cesc Fabregas Refused To Shake My Hands

Huddersfield manager David Wagner has confirmed that Cesc Fabregas snubbed his handshake in the aftermath of his side’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The stalemate ensured that the Terriers remained in the top-flight for another season but Antonio Conte’s side are now hanging by the thread in their top-four pursuit.

Speaking after the game, Wagner admitted that Fabregas refused to shake his hands, though he was pleased with the performance of the Spaniard, who registered a personal best tally of 145 passes, he said: “Fabregas refused to shake my hand. He was angry, he was speaking Spanish, I didn’t hear him.He had a really good game.”

Michael Ballack Believes Thomas Tuchel Could Join Chelsea On One Condition

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes the Blues must finish in the top-four of the Premier League this term in order to enhance their chances of recruiting Thomas Tuchel as their next head coach. Blues boss Antonio Conte still has 15 months left on his existing contract, but reports suggested that the Italian will be relieved of his duties at the end of the season.

Fabregas Disappointed With Results

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said that he is disappointed with the result against Manchester City and that it was a result that he finds hard to accept. He said that the team prepared well for the game and they were hoping that they could come out with a positive result. Cesc Fabregas said that it was always going to be a difficult game to play against Manchester City and that it became much more difficult when they conceded a goal at the beginning of the second half.

The former Barcelona player said that Manchester City is one of the best teams in Europe at the moment and that you need to be at your best if you want to get a result against them. The Spanish international said that they came with a clear plan to frustrate the City team but unfortunately for them, it backfired when they conceded a goal at the start of the second half.

Cesc Fabregas Won’t Throw In The Towel On His World Cup Hopes

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has yet to give up on the prospect of making Spain’s squad for the summer World Cup. The 30-year-old is presently La Roja’s eighth most-capped player in history, but he has been involved with the setup since their poor defence of the European Championship during the summer of 2016.

In an interview with Goal.com, Fabregas stressed that he has yet to give up on a potential comeback into Julen Lopetegui’s squad, and he is hoping that his experience playing at the biggest stage could earn him, prior to the country’s departure to Russia, he said:“I am not a player who throws the towel. I have a small hope, in some way, but I know it is hard [to get called up for the World Cup].

Antonio Conte's agent delivers update on the manager's future

The agent of Antonio Conte has suggested that the Italian will honour the remainder of his Chelsea contract. The 48-year-old had come under pressure following back-to-back defeats for the Blues in the Premier League, but the club have since reacted with convincing victories over West Bromwich Albion and Hull City in the league and FA Cup respectively.

Antonio Conte Happy with Commitment from Cesc Fabregas

Antonio Conte has confirmed that he had to be persuaded a lot in order to get Cesc Fabregas in the regular first-team positions. The Spaniard was not one of the first choice players when Conte initially came to the club, but this quickly changed when it became apparent that Fabregas improves Chelsea going forward on almost all occasions. Conte only used Fabregas in four starts for a period of six months when he first came to the club. Two of those starts were surprisingly in the League Cup. It showed the extent of Fabregas’ importance to Chelsea under Conte.

However, this has all changed in recent years with the 30-year-old now an instrumental part of the blues. He has played in close to 1200 minutes of action in the league while he has featured in all of the six Champions League group matches to date. This transformation has been brought about by the impressive performances of Fabregas going forward. This season, he has come up with four assists and two goals in 23 competitive matches across the Premier league and Champions League. While this is not impressive, his past performances have led to immense success at Chelsea. In just 13 starts last season, Fabregas came in with five goals and 12 assists.

How Klopp Transformed the Ox

It wasn't so long ago that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was resigned to being a bit-part player at Arsenal and many wondered if he would ever fulfil the potential that prompted Arsene Wenger to part with £15m for his services back in 2011.

At the time, ‘the Ox’ was still 18 years old and the world naturally assumed that he would need time to develop; North London was seen as the perfect environment for that to happen. After all, Wenger had built a reputation for unlocking potential in young talent. However, things never quite panned out as expected and the midfielder never fully established himself as a first-team player at the Emirates.

SUTTON: CONTE TO BLAME FOR STRIKER CRISIS

Former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton insists that Antonio Conte should take the blame for the Blues' mini-crisis in the forward department. The Premier League holders have suffered back-to-back league defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace, and this sees them nine points off the summit after just eight games into the season.

Top-scorer Alvaro Morata is back in first-team training after recovering from a hamstring problem, but Sutton doubts whether the Spaniard can handle the overload through the Premier League campaign. The 24-year-old was a regular substitute during his time with Juventus and Real Madrid, and Sutton feels the Champions League winner cannot be relied upon as the sole striker.

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