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Ethan Ampadu to take Fabregas position

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has disclosed that youngster, Ethan Ampadu, is capable of filling in the position of midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, at the Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas completed his move to AS Monaco in a deal worth £10 million from Chelsea last week.

The 31-year-old signed a three-and-a-half-year-deal with the French club but Sarri hopes Ampadu can rise to the challenge and fill in Fabregas’ position at the club.

Asked about Fabregas’ replacement, Sarri was quoted by Metro UK as telling reporters: “I hope [Ethan] Ampadu can do that.

“Of course, playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy. We need to try and try and try in training, but I think that he [Ampadu] is able to do it.

“In the future maybe [he can play the Jorginho role], but we have to work. “The player who plays in that position usually touches about 120, 130 balls [per game], and so I think we need a specialist there.”

Chelsea will now tackle Arsenal in their next Premier League fixture on January 19 after defeating Newcastle United 2-1 at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Chelsea players blast Sarri over use of Hazard as false nine

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Chelsea players are angry with Sarri’s decision to play Eden Hazard as a false No. 9, in the wake of their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Hazard has been the Blues’ standout attacker this season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions.

But the Belgian is being played out of position, after Sarri lost patience with Alvaro Morata, who is Atletico Madrid bound.

Pedro and Willian started on the wings with Hazard playing through the middle at the Emirates and Chelsea once again failed to get the best out of the 28-year-old.

Sarri blasted his players in an explosive press conference after the game and an inquest continued at the club’s training ground.

According to the Daily Mail, Sarri invited Chelsea’s staff and players for clear-the-air talks, in a bid to get their season back on track.

The Blues next face Tottenham in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash, where they must overturn a 1-0 deficit to progress.

While the majority of Chelsea’s squad are still on board with Sarri’s project, many believe Hazard should return to his preferred position out wide.

There are also calls for Olivier Giroud to be recalled to the starting XI.

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I want to frustrate Sarri – Hazard

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Chelsea star, Eden Hazard, has admitted he “frustrated” Maurizio Sarri, Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho during their respective reigns at Chelsea and left all three managers wanting more from him on the pitch.


Hazard, 28, has once again been the Blues’ standout attacking player, scoring 12 goals in all competitions.

Chelsea had a promising start in the Premier League this term, but their form has drastically declined and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, piled yet more pressure on Sarri.

Hazard believes his team-mates must take responsibility for a recent poor run of results and knows Sarri will be demanding more from him personally.

Speaking to France Football, he said: “I didn’t just frustrate Conte. In my career, I’ve frustrated all my managers and now I’m frustrating Sarri.

“I frustrated Mourinho. They all think you need to score more, do such and such more. I’ll also frustrate the next manager I have.”

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Chelsea beat Manchester City in signing Barcelona midfielder, Ilaix Moriba

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Former Premier League champions, Chelsea have won the race ahead of Manchester City over the signing of Barcelona midfielder, Ilaix Moriba in this January transfer window.

Manchester City were favourites to sign the 16-year-old said to be the next Manchester United star, Paul Pogba.

The Sport reports that Chelsea have already met with Moriba’s agent and positive talks have prompted the West London club to make an offer.

The report claimed that Maurizio Sarri’s side made a late bid to bring the youngster to Stamford Bridge after offering the player better wages and more playing time assurances than their Premier League rivals, City.

The report also claimed that Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia has been given the go-ahead by Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich to sign Moriba.

Chelsea will tackle Bournemouth on Wednesday in the Premier League following their 2-0 defeat by Arsenal over the weekend.

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