Chelsea: City want midfielder; new deal for emerging star; Courtois "bored" by Conte
Cesc Fabregas continues to be sidelined by an injury which saw him miss out on yesterday’s impressive victory over Manchester United, but he could soon be headed to the other half of Manchester with a £20 million offer incoming from Manchester City according to the Sun.
That would see the Spaniard reunited with Pep Guardiola, who once signed the midfielder for Barcelona. Fabregas is seen as a cheap addition who knows how to fit in quickly to the Guardiola style of play, and it is clear that Antonio Conte feels he has no future at Stamford Bridge with just one Premier League start to his name to date. That said, the Blues may be reluctant to sell him to direct competitors with AC Milan also said to be hovering.
Another midfielder is preparing to sign a new contract as the Mirror claim that Conte has been hugely impressed by the performances of young Nathaniel Chalobah, with the club keen to tie him down with just 20 months left on his existing contract which could see him poached soon if the club do not begin negotiations.
The England youth international has made several cameo substitute appearances and has done enough to warrant a new contract with Conte believing that he is one of the brightest talents of the new generation of youth coming through the Chelsea ranks.
However, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that not all was rosy during pre-season at the club, as he revealed that the tactical work examined in training left some players frustrated, as he told the Express:
“We worked on that a lot and maybe that is sometimes boring. But it’s important to know how to do these things. In terms of food, drinks and everything, he put a new regime in place. In training, he wanted to put his mark on the group immediately, with videos to see how we would have to train and work, what we do well and tactically what to do.”
It certainly seems to be paying dividends now though, as yesterday’s masterclass over Manchester United demonstrated with former manager Jose Mourinho completely outwitted.
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