Fabregas denies Mourinho revolt claims

Cesc Fabregas has denied reports that he is at the centre of allegations that a Chelsea player would rather lose games under Jose Mourinho than win them.

Reports emerged on Sunday that a Chelsea player was so upset with the Chelsea manager that he would prefer to lose matches.

Further reports suggested that Fabregas made the comments, but the Spain international midfielder issued a statement on Tuesday morning insisting that the allegations were not true.

He said: “I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports from some websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an excellent relationship with the manager.

“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.”

Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday means the defending champions have lost six of their 11 Premier League matches this season – double the total of the whole of last term – and they are languishing in 15th place in the table.

Chelsea play Dynamo Kiev in Champions League Group G on Wednesday night.

Mourinho will serve a one-match stadium ban at Stoke City this weekend unless an appeal is submitted against the sanction imposed on Monday following his half-time dismissal at West Ham on October 24.