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Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea? Frank Lampard's exit leaves Blues looking to Spain midfielder

Chelsea, after confirming the exit of
Frank Lampard yesterday, have
been linked with an audacious
move to bring Cesc Fabregas back
to the Premier League.
Fabregas, who rejoined Barcelona
from Arsenal for £35m three years
ago, is surplus to requirements at
the Nou Camp, with his position set
to be further undermined if Barça
are successful in signing Atletico
Madrid’s Koke.
Arsenal have first refusal on any
sale of the Spain midfielder but are
understood to be looking elsewhere
in the summer transfer market.
Chelsea are also in the running for
Koke as a replacement for
Lampard, who announced yesterday
that he would not be renewing his
contract at the Stamford Bridge at
the end of the month. That has led
manager Jose Mourinho to firm up
his interest in Fabregas.
Manchester City and Manchester
United have both been linked with
the 27-year-old in the past but both
have different priorities, with new
United manager Louis van Gaal not
interested in Fabregas, unlike his
predecessor David Moyes, who tried
strenuously to bring him to Old
Trafford last summer.
Chelsea’s main target remains
Atletico’s Diego Costa but Fabregas
would fit into the new side
Mourinho is building – provided
both parties can patch up their
rather acrimonious relationship
stemming from when the Spaniard
was at Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Lampard has confirmed
he will seek a new challenge after
returning from the World Cup in
Brazil after bringing an end to his
13-year association with Chelsea.
The 35-year-old issued a statement
in which he revealed he has played
his last game for the club. Lampard
has already been linked with a
move to New York City FC but his
England team-mates are convinced
he still has a future at the highest
Lampard gave no immediate
indication as to what the future
might hold, instead choosing to
thank those who helped him make
such a success of his Stamford
Bridge career.
Lampard said: “When I arrived at
this fantastic club 13 years ago I
would never have believed that I
would be fortunate enough to play
so many games and enjoy sharing in
so much success.
“This club has become part of my
life and I have so many people to
thank for the opportunity. Firstly,
Ken Bates, who put his neck on the
line to sign me as a young player
and without him I would not have
even begun this experience.
“Roman Abramovich, the man who
saved our club and took us all to
new levels. His desire to push the
club to the top of the football world
has rubbed off on everyone.
“All the managers and coaches who
have helped me develop my game
during the time I have been here. I
have learnt from every one of
them. All the brilliant team-mates
who I have been lucky enough to
train and play alongside for so long.
Not just their football qualities but
also the friendships I have gained
along the way.
“I’d also like to give a special
mention to all the staff and people
behind the scenes at the club who
do not receive the glory but
without them the club would
simply not function. The club will
move forward, and as a Chelsea
man I have no doubt that, with the
quality of the players that are
there, they will continue with the
success we have all enjoyed over
the past seasons.”
Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001
after six seasons at Upton Park and
went on to make 648 appearances
and become the club’s all-time top
goalscorer with 211 in all
During his time at Stamford Bridge,
Lampard won the Champions
League, the Europa League, three
Premier League titles, four FA Cups
and two League Cups.
The England international formed a
vital part of the spine of the team
built by Mourinho alongside the
likes of John Terry, Petr Cech and
Didier Drogba.
The latter left in 2012 and, while
Terry has signed a new deal, Cech’s
place is likely to come under threat
from the Thibaut Courtois. Left-
back Ashley Cole left the club after
his contract ran out.

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