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Mourinho: Fabregas is the new Frank

Fabregas is back in London, but in blue. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Cesc Fabregas is perfectly suited to filling the position Frank Lampard occupied for 13 years.

The 27-year-old former Arsenal captain signed from Barcelona in June after Chelsea record goalscorer Lampard left under freedom of contract at the end of last season.

Frank is the history of the club, history nobody can forget.

Fabregas is the future; history is history but the future is more important at the moment.

My opinion, and the opinion of my players, is that Fabregas is the right player to occupy that central position in midfield.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Drogba retires from international football

Drogba played 104 times for the Ivory Coast. Credit: PA

Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football with the Ivory Coast.

The 36-year-old, who last month re-joined Chelsea following a two-season absence with spells in China and Turkey, made his 104th and final appearance for Les Elephants during the World Cup in Brazil.

It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football.

I am very proud to have been captain of this team for eight years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football, taking part in three World Cups and two African Cup of Nations finals.

I cannot convey enough thanks to the fans for all the love and support during these years. All my goals, all my caps, all our victories are for you.

I also owe much gratitude to my team-mates - the players with whom I have shared all these emotions and I wish you all much success for the future and a very warm welcome to the new manager (Herve Renard).

– Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
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