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Spanish international midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United this summer.

Incoming manager Antonio Conte has been in the market for several midfielders already this summer with the likes of Kante, Nainggolan, Joao Mario and Andre Gomes all being strongly linked with the Blues. This would suggest that Conte will be wanting to put his own stamp on things and may not have a place for Fabregas in the side.

Fabregas moved to Chelsea in 2014 after Jose Mourinho admired his footballing ability and it is thought that they both still share a good friendship since Mourinho‘s exit from Stamford Bridge.

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A miracle, they are saying in Italy: next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte trashes Spain at EURO 2016 and qualify for quarter finals, after the Azzurri were tagged as the underdogs. They will face the World Champions, Germany, on Saturday night.

No one was expecting such good performances for them, especially because the 23-men-squad is not at the same quality level of some Italy had before, but Conte’s team are recognizable for personality and group cohesion, in addition to tactical organization.

Combine it with an excellent physical form ( Italy is the team that covered more KMs in the whole tournament) and you get what the Azzurri are deserving: great results and great performances.

A iron-clad win over Spain, with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea that saved his team from first half humiliation with, at least, three, miracles.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas started for La Roja, playing all 90′, but his performance was really poor, as he couldn’t help his team to find a way to the goal.

Giorgio Chiellini scored on a tap-in following a De Gea’s save on Eder‘s strong free-kick, and after taking some risks –Buffon showed all of his skills in at least three occasions- in the second half, with Spain desperately trying to equalise, Southampton striker Graziano Pellè sealed match and qualification at minute 91, with Conte jumping on the bench’s roof to celebrate.

A good news for Chelsea fans, that will have a very motivated head coach at the beginning of his Blues adventure: you can bet we will more attributes at Stamford Bridge next year.

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Together next season with Chelsea but enemies next Monday at the euros: Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas will face his next boss Antonio Conte in Spain v Italy in the Round of 16 at EURO 2016.

The Spanish playmaker spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about this special game:

“I met Conte briefly and he made a very good impression,” Fabregas claimed.

“He is a great Coach, a winner. He told me what he wants from me, what he wants to do at Chelsea and various other things that will remain private.

“I really want to start working with him. Now I hope he can get to work at Chelsea as soon as possible. Hopefully from Tuesday he can concentrate on his new job.”

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Spain lost 2-1 to Croatia last night and now they will face Italy for the EURO 2016 Round of 16 next Monday night.

It will be a Chelsea game, since four Blues men are involved: Antonio Conte is currently coaching the Azzurri, while La Roja count on Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro.

The latter one burst out in the past days for the lack of playing time, but the ex Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder was always a starter – last night he provided the assist for Morata’s goal and was one of the best of his team- while Azpilcueta entered in the final minutes in the previous games against Czech Republic and Turkey.

Other players to watch: Alvaro Morata, Leonardo Bonucci and Emanuele Giaccherini, as the three were heavily linked to Chelsea in the past days.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spoke ahead of Spain clash against Croatia: “We got off to a good start with two wins, we’re doing things well,”

“Tuesday’s game against Croatia is a key game for us. It’s the chance for us to top the table.”

“We’ve been playing with a certain freedom and fluency and we have been defending very well. That allows us to be fresher going forward.”

Then Fabregas ended: “This next game is very important. It’s crucial for us to be first in the group. It will be a determinant for the rest of the tournament.”

 

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Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta qualified for the EURO 2016 Round of 16 with one group stage game left after beating Turkey 3-0 last night.

The Spaniards won thanks to a brace by Blues target Alvaro Morata and another goal from La Liga sensation Nolito, who also provided the assist for Morata´s first goal.

Fabregas played 71 minutes and was replaced by Atletico Madrid’s Koke while Azpilicueta entered at minute 81 for Jordi Alba. Pedro, keen for a Barcelona return, stayed the whole game on the bench again.

Spain got many chances to close the group top of the table and will face the second team classified in the group E, with Italy, Sweden, Ireland and Belgium.

Should Eden Hazard and Courtois‘ team qualify second in their group, it would a Chelsea match at the euros, with five players involved .

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Reports from Spain, Mundo Deportivo, are suggesting that Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas could leave this summer to join Real Madrid.

The report also states that incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte would be willing to give the 29-year-old an opportunity to move back to Spain amid interest from Real Madrid.

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Spain beat 1-0 Czech Republic with a late goal by Gerard Piqué, that netted the winner with three minutes to go.

La Roja dominated the game, creating at least ten chances, but they weren’t able to convert them into goals, especially Alvaro Morata that missed at least three clear chances and was substituted at minute 62 by Aduriz.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas wasn’t in his best day and was replaced by Thiago Alcantara at minute 70, while Blues striker Pedro made his way onto the pitch at minute 82 to replace Nolito.

Cesar Azpilicueta remained on the bench during all the 90 minutes.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will start in the debut game for Spain at EURO 2016 against Czech Republic.

The Spaniard will face his ex team-mate Petr Cech, that will defend his national team goal as it happened in the last twelve years.

The other two Blues players involved in this match, Pedro and Azpilicueta, are on the bench.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will start for La Roja: a surprise, as everyone was convinced that Iker Casillas would have started today.

The full line-ups:

 

SPAIN – De Gea, Juanfran, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva, Nolito, Morata.

Coach: Vicente Del Bosque

CZECH REPUBLIC – Cech, Kaderabek, Sivok, Hubnik, Limbersky, Plasil, Darida, Gebre Selassie, Rosicky, Krejci, Necid

Coach: Pavel Vrba

 

Referee: Szymon Marciniak ( POL )

Kick Off: 2 pm BST, 3 pm CET

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