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Cesc Fabregas doesn’t dismiss any speculation on his future, instead, he puts fuel on fire and claims he is not sure to stay at Stamford Bridge for the next season.

Recently the Chelsea star was often linked to Manchester United, where he would reunite with his ex boss Jose’ Mourinho, with whom he’s got a huge mutual respect and a good friendship.

Since the Blues have signed N’Golo Kante Fabregas lost his place as a regular starter and despite being an important man in the Chelsea title campaign this year, he is still looking for more playing time:

“I am not upset and I have nothing against Antonio. He has done a fantastic job,’“he said after Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Wembley.

“I think I have a very good relationship with him. He has been honest with me and me with him. I understand his idea of football very, very well. I like it a lot.

“Every player wants to play more. This is in the genes of a winner. I am one of them and I will never put my head down or hands down. I want to fight.”

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Speaking after the defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup final Chelsea star Diego Costa dismissed China’s move speculations revealing the only club he would leave the Blues for, and it’s not Chinese:

“I will only leave Chelsea for Atletico. If not, I will stay here,The Daily Telegraph quote Costa as saying after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

“I’m not interested in other clubs. I know Chelsea wants to sell players, but I told them, I have two years left in my contract and I won’t go somewhere else just because they want so.

“I will only sign for another club in Europe, they know that. Otherwise I’ll stay with my current contract. I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space to another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave. But only to where I’m willing to.

“Everyone knows what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide. Money is good, but I’m grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup. I know that I have a chance to be called if I’m playing well and at a high level, that’s something I want.

“If I have to move to another City or another country than Spain, I don’t think I’ll go, I’d rather stay at Chelsea. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”

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Arsenal win the FA Cup thanks to their 2-1 win over Chelsea. Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock after just 6′ and Arsene Wenger’s men were able to maintain the gap before Diego Costa cancelled out the opener finding the equalizer with 15′ left to go. Aaron Ramsey put his side ahead again a few minutes later following an outstanding counter-attack led by Olivier Giroud.

Victor Moses was shown a red card in the second half due to an alleged dive in the penalty area.

Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener could have been disallowed for either handball or offside.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic ( Fabregas 61), Alonso; Pedro (Willian 72), Diego Costa (Batshuayi 88), Hazard.
Unused subs Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry.
Scorer Diego Costa 76
Booked Moses 57, Kante 59
Sent off Moses 68 (second yellow)

Arsenal (3-4-3): Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Coquelin 82), Ozil, Sanchez (Elneny 90+3), Welbeck (Giroud 78).
Unused subs Cech, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott.
Scorers Sanchez 4, Ramsey 79
Booked Ramsey 9, Holding 54, Xhaka 81, Coquelin 83

Referee Anthony Taylor
Crowd 89,472

 

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ARSENAL –  Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott, Giroud.

Manager: Arsene Wenger

CHELSEA – Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants a career as long as Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon.

The Belgian star told Standard Sport: “To see Buffon playing to such a level at this age is great. I’m 25 and he is 14 years older than me. Obviously if I can still play at the level he is in 14 years’ time, I will be very satisfied”.

“Obviously I hope nothing happens — injuries can always change the future. But I love football, I enjoy being on the training pitch, in the stadium. I guess I will still feel the same in 10 to 15 years’ time and I hope in that moment I can still produce and be at this level.”

“If you watched Juventus’ win over Barcelona in the Champions League (3-0 on aggregate), the Barcelona players were forcing a lot to score”. 

“You felt the ball was never going to go in and maybe that had something to do with his aura. If it was another keeper, maybe they would have shot easier on target and scored”. 

“If you’re a great keeper you have that quality. – Courtois ended – I have it in a way already, but Buffon and Iker Casillas still have something special and are a different category of goalkeeper.”

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Antonio Conte‘s men booked their place in the FA Cup final at Wembley, where they’ll face Arsenal.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told Standard Sport: “This is an opportunity to go down in history. I don’t think many players have won the Double in England. One trophy is done, now it’s time to get the other.

“The FA Cup was a goal of ours. We have gone for it from the start. It’s been hard with Manchester United in the quarter-final and a massive game against Tottenham in the semi-final.

“Now we have another tough match but we feel confident and we want to end the season in a special way.”

Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium in September: “That game against in September was bad – the Chelsea goalkeeper added – We lost 3-0 that day and we obviously don’t want to lose against them again now”.

“It was a wake-up call that we couldn’t allow what happened the previous year to happen again. We know as a team we are stronger than Arsenal and are confident but we can’t underestimate them or think we will win easily.”

“If we hadn’t lost so badly, maybe we wouldn’t have switched to the back three. – Courtois added – It was partly because of Arsenal and partly because we were not doing well.”

 

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard spoke ahead of the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley. The former midfielder told Standard Sport: “I think it could be a tight game; Chelsea are favourites on paper and rightly so, but they’ll have to perform on the day to overcome an Arsenal side who have strength in their team.”

Arsenal beat Chelsea in their home game at the Emirates Stadium in September: “I think the way we started the [home] game in the first half was very good Aaron Ramsey said – We won the game in the first half really. We were very quick, we counter-attacked well, closed them down, got about them and everything seemed to come together on that day”.

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Team News
Arsenal
  • David Ospina is set to start in goal against Chelsea today.
  • Gabriel Paulista and with Laurent Koscienly are both ruled out of the clash, then Per Mertesacker could feature. Skhodran Mustafi is still recovering from Mustafi a head injury suffered against Sunderland last Tuesday.
  • Wenger is also doubtful about Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chelsea

  • Antonio Conte has no serious concerns ahead of FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Predicted Line-Ups

Arsenal XI: Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Costa

Kick-Off: 5:30pm BST on Saturday May 27

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Nemanja Matic wants to add another trophy to his collection tomorrow when Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Fa Cup final at Wembley.

“It’s true, The FA Cup is a very important competition,” – Matic told the Fa official website – “I found that out quickly when I came here the first time and recognised it is something special for the fans and the club. It has similar importance to the league for the supporters of every club, and now we’re here in the Final, there’s a chance and we have to take it. But we’ll be respectful of Arsenal, we know this will be their last chance to win something this season so they will be ready for us and will have been focused on this game since the semi-final, because they know The FA Cup is very important.”

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During today’s press conference to preview FA Cup final against Arsenal Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked again about his future plans, and the Italian manager reaffirmed he will stay at Stamford Bridge, despite a huge offer he received from Inter, 

“At the moment the situation is very clear, if the club give the possibility to stay here and extend my contract, it’s great for me. We have the same idea, to improve the squad, I am happy for this season, I am happy to stay here, I want to stay here for many years.”

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