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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, speaking at Chelsea TV yesterday, praised his teammate Diego Costa.

“Obviously you know Diego has been a very important player for Chelsea and for Atletico Madrid in the last five, six years and he’s been one of the top strikers in the world, – Fabregas told Chelsea TV – I have a fantastic connection with him, not just only on the pitch but also off the pitch”. 

“I consider him my friend, he’s a great guy. Also, on the pitch I like to play with winners and he’s definitely one of them. Of course, if he is a guy that you understand so well that when you pass him the ball he scores a high percentage of your passes, then fantastic”.

“We played against each other in Spain but we didn’t really know each other and I remember on our debuts actually we had our first connection and we scored a goal.”

Fabregas played alongside several strikers during his experience with Arsenal and Barcelona, but the Spaniard believes that Diego Costa has similarities with Adebayor, Henry and van Persie.

He added: “You have to adapt your game depending on the striker you play with because some of them are quicker, some of them like you to play the ball more to their feet, some of them like short runs when you are in the final third”.

“Someone like Diego Costa likes long runs and we can see in the last two-and-a-half seasons that sometimes they are balls from around my own half, you know a very long ball and he’s really quick and sharp and strong, so you have to really adapt”.

“It’s not the same thing to play with a striker like let’s say Diego Costa or Thierry Henry than David Villa, or Eduardo when I was at Arsenal, they are a bit sharper on the short move, on the shorter run and maybe you have to play closer to them”.

“With Diego, maybe even with Van Persie, Adebayor and Thierry, it was that you could have more distance but you know the feeling that we had set it up”.

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Chelsea legend John Terry believes that Frank Lampard inspired him and everyone at the club during his experience with the Blues.

The 38-year-old midfielder has today announced his retirement from football, after spending 13 years at Stamford Bridge alongside Terry himself.

The English defender posted this picture on Instagram:

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Speaking following his side’s 4-0 win against West Ham, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted that Premier League title is in Chelsea‘s hands as Antonio Conte‘s side are currently leading the table with 56 points.

About the Italian manager Guardiola claimed: “He doesn’t have to be too worried because Chelsea are nine points ahead”,

“Only they can lose the Premier League” he ended.

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas spent 8 years with Gunners before joining Barcelona in 2011 and then Blues’ in 2014.

The Spaniard will meet his former manager again as Chelsea will face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

When asked whether the experience with Arsenal still had a place in his heart, Fabregas said: “Yes, forever. That is something that will never change, there are many things said about me, about Arsenal, about stuff like that”.

“Obviously I don’t really care about what people think about me anymore. It is just about what I feel about them and Arsenal will always be the team that believe in me the most”.

Arsene Wenger played a crucial role in Fabregas’ development under his management.

“I was a young kid, 16 years old, playing for Barcelona – but for the Barcelona academy, where it is very difficult to reach the first team. And Arsene Wenger especially, and Arsenal, gave me everything”.

“Without them I wouldn’t be a World Cup winner, a European Championship winner. I would not have experienced all of this that I am doing in my life”.

Then Fabregas ended: “So I will always forever be grateful.”

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Nemanja Matic praised former Chelsea teammate Branislav Ivanovic after the Serbian star joined Zenit St Petersburg on Deadline Day.

The 32-year-old helped Matic since the current Blues’ midfielder joined Chelsea in 2008 coming back to London in 2011 from Benfica.

When asked about Ivanovic, Matic told Standard Sport: “When I first came here eight years ago, he helped me a lot in the changing room, in training sessions because my English was terrible. 

“He was my older brother at the club and it was a pleasure to play with him. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.

“He has gone to a big club in Russia and is still captain in the national team, so we will still get to play together. But it was a pleasure to train and have him as a team-mate at Chelsea.”

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Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football on Instagram today.

The 38-year-old wanted to share his feelings and admitted he’ll be forever grateful to Chelsea: “The largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories”.

“I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together”.

“It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there”.

Then Lampard added: “All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone”.

“Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support”.

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Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football this morning.

The 38-year-old star wrote on his Instagram account: “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer”.

“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life”.


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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that striker Moussa Dembele travelled to London on Deadline Day to receive treatment on an injured knee despite Chelsea interest in him.

“We had to make sure the physio didn’t lose sight of him down there, – Rodgers is quoted to have said – Ironically the hospital he was in was in Chelsea, believe it or not. So I said to Tim, be like Franco Baresi and just stay tight to him”.

Dembele was rumoured to be on the verge of signing for Chelsea following a reported £40m bid.

“But he was happy to come back. He is loving it here. He got some fluid out of his knee, he has had a good reaction to it, so we will see how he is for the weekend”.

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Gary Cahill is back to his top form this year © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill insisted that the Blues ‘played well until the end’ against Liverpool last time out.

“We dug in and it’s a hard place to go, physically it was a tough test for us but we played well until the end – the England international told the club’s official website – When you get a penalty it’s a great opportunity, but never mind”.

Diego’s scored so many important goals for us this season so it’s no problem. We showed a lot of character and on reflection a draw isn’t the worst result for us”.

“It was a great start for us, we’re disappointed with their goal but I thought we controlled the game reasonably well”.

“Obviously they were always going to be a threat. They had a lot of attacks in the second half and we had to defend well”.

About the whole team, Cahill added: “I feel confident in my team-mates and the way we’re working. I feel confident going out onto the pitch with these boys but we know how difficult it is to win this league. We’ve done it before and we’ve failed before, so there will be no complacency”.

“Seeing the other results, it’s not a bad point for us and it was a fantastic save from the penalty, otherwise we would have gone home with all three”.

Chelsea are set to face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge next week and Cahill believes Antonio Conte can beat Arsène Wenger.

“We keep going because we want to win the league, it’s as simple as that, – he ended – This is a very big week for us”.

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Zenit St Petersburg have confirmed the signing of defender Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea.

The 32-year-old star has put the pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal to join the Russian Premier League Side.

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