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Chelsea manager confirms interest in Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas set to leave Barcelona in the summer and the Spaniard appears bound for Stamford Bridge

Fabregas set to leave Barcelona in the summer and the Spaniard appears bound for Stamford Bridge

It seems clear that Cesc Fabregas is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, with the 27-year-old making way for Koke this summer as Barcelona look to reshape their squad by adding the Atletico Madrid midfielder to the set-up.

Fabregas has been linked with a return to Arsenal as the Gunners have first refusal on their former captain, although it appears that Chelsea will instead sign a player who has represented Spain on 88 occasions.

The midfielder is currently on World Cup duty with La Roja, with Jose Mourinho confirming he would like Fabregas to form part of his squad, having recently snapped up Diego Costa from Atletico.

“We have some interest,” Mourinho told several national newspapers. “We have some interest. I have interest in analysing the situation.

“I think it looks like he’s really interested in leaving Barcelona, and is very, very interested in coming back to England. This I think is clear.

“After that it’s not something for us, or another team, for now. It’s not for now, or tomorrow, or for before the World Cup”.

The bookmakers have Chelsea as odds-on favourites to sign Fabregas who would add competition for midfield places with Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Andre Schurrle, while Mourinho reserved some special praise for departing legend Frank Lampard.

“It’s not the end of Frank’s career at Chelsea – it’s just a little break,” he said.

“It’s the end of his career as a Chelsea player, but he will be back for many, many years because he’s one of the most important players in the club’s history.

“You can’t imagine how difficult it was for him to leave.

“I think only he knows because we spoke – not by phone, in person – but at the same time I can feel some happiness about the process because for sure he comes back to Chelsea one day. For sure.

“Everybody wants it, (owner) Mr Abramovich – the number one, the most important person – wants very much Frank to be back, I want him to be back, the staff want him back, so he comes back for sure.

“And the other thing is that he can come back the way he wants.

“Mr Abramovich has left the door completely open for him on the understanding Frank can do anything he wants at this club. He can try things, feel where he is better suited, we can feel as a club where he can give us more, but he can come back when he wants and, to repeat Mr Abramovich’s words, the way he wants.

“He can be a coach, he can start at the academy, he can start being my assistant at the same time because he is doing his coaching badges, or he can start in a different role.

“He can decide in this moment whether he wants to start immediately in a coaching role, or if he wants to be an ambassador, representing the club in important places of our life – he can do what he wants.”

All odds were correct at time of posting.