London - Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has denied
suggestions of a rift with manager Jose Mourinho, accusing "certain
individuals from outside" of trying to destabilise the club and refuting
reports that he is leading an alleged dressing-room revolt.
The BBC claimed this week that it had information of a
Chelsea first-team player who would "rather lose than win" for the
manager and, on Tuesday, a football blog named Fabregas as the player leading a
revolt against Mourinho.
"I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports
form some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an
excellent relationship with the manager," Fabregas wrote on Twitter on
"There maybe certain individuals from the outside
trying to destabilise this club but I strongly believe that we will bounce back
and come good again."
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The midfielder, who was instrumental in Chelsea's domestic
double last season, when they won the League Cup and the Premier League title,
was dropped from the starting line-up for the 3-1 defeat by Liverpool at
Stamford Bridge on Saturday and came on as a substitute in the second half.
Chelsea have lost six of their opening 11 Premier League
games and are 15th in the table, but Mourinho's problems this season have not
been confined to the playing field.
The 52-year-old was handed a one-match stadium ban and fined
40,000 pounds ($61,640) by the English Football Association (FA) for comments
made to the referee during the 2-1 loss to West Ham United on Oct. 24 and is
also currently appealing a 50,000 pound fine imposed for criticising referees.
Chelsea take on Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on
Wednesday. A defeat would further ratchet up the pressure on the Portuguese,
who signed a new four-year contract in August.For
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