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Reports from the Daily Mirror have suggested that midfielder Cesc Fabregas is still in the plans of new manager Guus Hiddink. 

Fabregas has struggled to recreate the form he showed last season, as Chelsea’s torried start to the season resulted in the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The Spaniard was singled out along with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard as one of “three rats,” who Chelsea fans believed were chiefly responsible for Mourinho’s sacking with poor performances on the pitch.

However Hiddink, who was appointed on 19th December, is believed to want to retain Fabregas’ services. But, the Russian is also apparently keen on using more defensive-minded midfielders, such as Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel, to anchor the midfield.

Fabregas himself missed the Blues’ trip to Manchester last Saturday with illness, just 48 hours after coming on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Watford.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has also been linked with moves to Juventus and Inter Milan in recent days.

 

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Swansea are looking to secure a loan move for Chelsea midfielder Patrick Bamford, according to the Daily Mail.

Bamford cut short what he called a “terrible” loan spell at Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

Swansea meanwhile are looking to restructure their squad after a diabolical run of form which saw the sacking of manager Garry Monk.

It is unclear if Bamford is interested in the move, having previously stated that he wishes to establish a first team place at Chelsea.

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Chelsea Ladies have announced that goalkeeper Marie Hourihan has moved to title rivals Manchester City. 

The 26-year old made just six appearances for the Blues this season as she was pipped to a first team place by Swedish international Hedvig Lindahl.

Hourihan, who joined Chelsea in 2013, has also played for Doncaster Belles, Birmingham City, Watford and Fulham.

It’s a brilliant opportunity – one I couldn’t turn down – and I’m thankful to Chelsea for letting me take the opportunity,” said Hourihan to the Manchester City website.

“The massive progression the club has made in the last two years and the infrastructure that’s in place is second to none.”

Hourihan will however be battling for a first team place England’s first choice keeper Karen Bardsley. But Hourihan has said she is relishing the challenge:

At Chelsea, I was playing with the Swedish record caps holder so I’m ready for the challenge,” she said.

I’m looking forward to training with Karen – I can only learn from her and we can help each other and improve each other.

“For me, it’s a step in the right direction. Year on year, this football club is progressing and I feel it’s the best environment.”

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes the club should have waited before sacking manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was sacked earlier in December, just seven months after lifting Chelsea’s fourth and his third Premier League title.

Lampard, who won two of those titles, has however said that although new boss Guus  Hiddink was a good choice of interim boss. the decision to sack Mourinho should have come at the end of the season:

Guus Hiddink will be a fantastic manager in the interim but they should have waited until the end of the season,” Lampard said.

If they could have recovered they would have had a great manager and a successful future ahead.

“Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world and with that status they can’t be 16th in the Premier League in December, so there’s clearly a problem.”

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PETR CECH ARSENAL

Chelsea have tweeted to former goalkeeper Petr Cech congratulating on breaking the Premier League clean sheet record. 

A 2-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday at the Emirates saw Cech, who had a 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge, saw the Czech keep his 170th clean sheet.

After the result, Chelsea were quick to congratulate their former shot-stopper on Twitter:

 

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Aston Villa are keen on luring Chelsea striker Loic Remy in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror. 

The Frenchman has struggled at Stamford Bridge since his £8.5 million move from QPR last year.

Villa meanwhile are in a perilous relegation battle – they are bottom of the table with just seven points from 19 games.

Villains boss Remi Garde, who is also French and along with Remy started his career at Lyon, is hoping to entice the former Newcasyle striker with the promise of regular games at Villa Park.

It is unclear as to whether Remy or Chelsea are interested in the move, which Villa hope to complete quickly during the January transfer window.

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The Daily Mail has reported Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. 

The Spaniard has struggled for form this season as Chelsea’s torrid title defence sees them sit in 14th in the table.

Fabregas was booed before and during the  3-1 win over Sunderland earlier this month, having been identified as one of the key culprits in the supposed player revolt against former boss Jose Mourinho.

The rumour, which originated from Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, does not mention any firm bids, or indeed if Chelsea are willing to sell, how much for.

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry praised the Blues’ fans after their 0-0 draw with Manchester United. 

The visitors soaked up much of United’s pressure, and managed to go a third league game unbeaten for the first time this season despite having no recognised striker.

After the game at Old Trafford, Terry posted on Instagram praising the Blues fans for their support through a “difficult time” for the club:

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink said his team didn’t have the strength to win after he saw his team draw 0-0 with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The visitors had to soak up a large amount of pressure as United looked for their first win in eight games at Old Trafford.

The point pushes the Blues, who played without a recognised striker, up to 14th but leaves Hiddink still without a win at the Chelsea helm.

After the game, the Dutchman said he was content with the outcome:

Tactically it was okay, defensively we were well organised,” Hiddink said.

We didn’t have full power to hurt Man U – as everyone knows we have some problems in the striker position due to suspension and injuries so we had to think how to solve that problem.

“Hazard has done it before and he is capable of doing it because he’s a very versatile player. I’m pleased because we had some good opportunities in the second half. Man Utd pressed although they didn’t create a lot of chances.

“The two best chances were tremendous saves from the goalies, De Gea and Courtois. So no win but we have to consider the situation where Chelsea were and are.”

The Blues have now gone three league games without defeat for the first time this season, and Hiddink praised his players for their will to succeed:

The players have experienced a very bad half year. They have to lift it up and that’s what we have talked about in the locker room.

“Everyone is convinced we couldn’t go on on the same path and we have shown that in the last three games.

“It’s normal to see the character and desire of the players but they have shown a lot ambition in the last three games.

“That’s what we are asking and automatically when everyone is on board hopefully then we can use the quality of the players as well.

“I would have been more worried if there was a lack of confidence or ambition but I don’t see that at the moment in this team.”

Hiddink gave an update on the condition of midfield trio Cesc Fabregas, Oscar and Eden Hazard.

Fabregas has a temperature and we will see how he is the day after tomorrow. Oscar is okay and so is Hazard who also got some whacks.”

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LOUIS VAN GAAL MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said that his side should have made their dominance count in their 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

In a performance described as “very good” by the Dutchman, United had control in the match but failed to take advantage.

The draw at Old Trafford leaves United without a win in eight games.

Van Gaal, who has been heavily linked with the sack in recent weeks, did however state that the showing was much improved from the 2-0 defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day.

“I think it was a very good performance but you have to score a goal and we didn’t.

“We hit the post twice when the keeper was beaten, then had a big chance in the second half and two penalty cases – one handball, one foul on Mata – but didn’t receive a penalty. So we are forcing the luck but still don’t have the luck we need.

“Against Stoke, I have said the first half we didn’t dare to play but that’s a big difference today – we dared to play and pressed a lot.

“We were the dominant team, we created chances, we shot on goal and only gave three chances away. Against a team like Chelsea, with such attackers, that’s not bad.”

Van Gaal was also quick to praise the home fans, despite being heavily criticised by the United support over recent games, and said that he can understand their disappointment:

“They [the fans] applauded the players, I presume, and they were enthusiastic.

“Of course, a lot of fans are disappointed because we need a win; I know that, the players know that, every member of staff knows that, the board knows that – even you know that.

“People are still applauding – not everyone, I have seen that also – but most of them. The most important thing is the players can do what they have done today, then the fans can be satisfied.”

After the game, Van Gaal also said that he will not resign despite the club’s poor form, having said earlier this week that he can “quit on his own.”

However, the United boss also said that he has every confidence in the side to turn their season around:

I cannot have any influence on that [my future].

“I can only work with my players and you have seen that my players are fighting for me and that they have given a good performance.

“Even after this result, the fans were applauding, so I cannot say that I am very much concerned but in this football world, you never know.

“But I have full confidence in the board and in my players. When the players can give such a performance under this pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me.

“Maybe the media wants that but I shall not do that. It’s not a question of staying, it’s a question of fulfilling my contract.”

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