Sunday 18 August 2019

Cesc Fabregas denies involvement in Chelsea player revolt with public backing of Jose Mourinho

Cesc Fabregas has publicly backed his manager Jose Mourinho
Cesc Fabregas has publicly backed his manager Jose Mourinho

Declan Whooley

Cesc Fabregas has publicly backed Jose Mourinho amid rumours that the former Barcelona player was leading a player revolt against the Chelsea manager.

The 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool means the Blues have picked up just 11 points from their opening 11 games and speculation is mounting that owner Roman Abramovich has given Mourinho just a few games to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese was handed a one-match stadium ban by the FA yesterday with immediate effect relating to his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials during his side's 2-1 defeat by West Ham United on October 24, when he was sent to the Upton Park stands during half-time after hurling abuse at referee Jon Moss and refusing to leave the officials' dressing room.

To add to his miserable day, his long-standing rival Pellegrini described his Chelsea side as "selfish" and the former team doctor Eva Carneiro launched an individual legal claim against him, following her acrimonious departure from the club. That departure is another issue that has alienated a number of players.

It was reported that there is unrest in the the squad, with some players deeply unhappy with Mourinho's treatment of the likes of John Terry and Eden Hazard.

Fabregas had been named as one of the dissenting voices, but posted his support on his Twitter account this morning.

"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," he wrote.

"There may be 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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