In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, former Blue Cesc Fabregas is confident that the club can still win titles this year, Malmo manager Uwe Rosler sympathises with Maurizio Sarri’s current predicament and Chelsea are linked with a move for the teenage son of former France international star Lilian Thuram.
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Fabregas confident of Chelsea revival
In an interview with CNN Sport, Cesc Fabregas has backed Chelsea to bounce back from our recent disappointing run and to be back in the hunt for silverware this season.
The Spanish midfielder, who left the club for Monaco in January, said that he was surprised by our recent heavy losses at Bournemouth and Manchester City but still strongly believes that we can win trophies in our current campaign.
‘These things happen,’ said Fabregas. ‘It’s a shame really because it’s difficult to experience 4-0 defeats, 6-0 defeats.
‘It does (surprise me) because I never experienced that at Chelsea in my five years. This is a good team, though, and I believe in them.
‘I’m sure they can still win titles this year. 100 per cent I believe that, so they just need to put things together because now is the right time to do it. Nothing is lost.
‘They can still fight for many things and have to make sure that they don’t regret it at the end.’
Rosler understands Sarri’s position
The Press Association reports that Malmo boss Uwe Rosler sympathises with Maurizio Sarri's current predicament, but he is looking for his team to compound our recent woes in tonight’s Europa League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The pressure has built on the Italian after our elimination from the FA Cup earlier this week and Rosler said that he fully understands the situation.
'At a club like Chelsea the pressure is always on. It's all about results,’ said the former Brentford and Leeds United manager.
'He has to live with the pressure, like we all do. Not tomorrow, but in general, I wish he comes through this difficult period and will continue.’
Malmo must score at least two goals at the Bridge to have any chance of advancing after losing 2-1 to the Blues in the first leg in Sweden, but Rosler is confident that his team can turn things around in London.
'The goal (in the first leg) made the game really interesting for us. I know we need to score, but we can. So, see what happens,’ the German added.
‘We're focusing on us. It doesn't matter who starts for them tomorrow. We have a game plan.
'It's very, very difficult (but) it is possible tomorrow to get a positive result.'
Young Thuram touted as transfer target
The Daily Mail is reporting that Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus are keeping a close eye on 17-year-old midfielder Khephren Thuram, who has yet to sign a professional contract with Monaco.
The son of France World Cup-winning star Lilian Thuram is one of the most-prized players in Monaco’s academy but he could move on this summer after resisting contract offers from the Ligue 1 side.
Thuram was at our Cobham training ground on Tuesday and scored with a spectacular long-range strike as Monaco were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League play-off round.
Bale linked with move to Chelsea
The Sun is suggesting that Real Madrid are keen to sell Gareth Bale this summer with Chelsea a likely destination for the Wales international winger.
Manchester United are also reportedly interested in the former Tottenham Hotspur player who moved to Spain in 2013.
Morata made long-standing promise to Atletico
Alvaro Morata has revealed that he made a long-standing promise to Diego Simeone to join Atletico Madrid, even before he was signed by Chelsea in 2017
Speaking to Spanish sports newspaper AS, the striker revealed that he long expressed an interest in returning to his boyhood club.
'If I tell you the truth, the first contact was three-and-a-half years ago,' said Morata in Spanish.
'I gave him my word that as soon as I could, I would come. It wasn't possible before but it did not depend on me.
'However, I gave him my word, and now I've come here, it is the time I've talked with Simeone the least!'
Cech set for coaching role?
The newspaper suggests that having announced he will retire from playing at the end of the season, that the Czech goalkeeper could be in line to return to Chelsea as a coach.
The piece says Cech ‘has reportedly been promised a job for life at his former club.’
Chelsea legend John Terry and former assistant coach Steve Holland were also at the game, which saw the Blues run out 3-1 winners to progress to the next stage.