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CHELSEA FC - FIRST TEAM: Cesc Fàbregas, Midfielder

Cesc Fabregas signed for Chelsea from Barcelona on 12 June 2014, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract. He took the number four shirt.

A versatile, technically gifted midfielder, Fabregas has acquired a wealth of experience from playing in two of the strongest leagues in Europe and representing the most successful Spain international side of all time.

Comfortable operating as an attacking midfielder, he can also perform in a deeper role, and on the international stage he has been used in wide areas, as a second striker or, on occasions, as a ‘false no.9’.

Fabregas’s time at Stamford Bridge got off to a flyer with two assists on his debut away at Burnley. By the end of November he had plenty more to his name, as well as two goals, with a host of impressive midfield performances alongside Nemanja Matic helping the Blues reach the Premier League summit and the knockout stages of the Champions League.


Argentina celebrate their win over The Netherlands and a place in the FIFA World Cup Final

Top photo: Argentina players dash to celebrate the win as Maxi Rodriguez scores in the penalty shootout in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Middle photo: Maxi Rodriguez (L) of Argentina celebrates with Sergio Romero after scoring a penalty to win in the penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final
- Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Bottom photo: Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano of Argentina celebrate after the Argentina wins the penalty shootout against the Netherlands to advance to the FIFA World Cup Final
- Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

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CHELSEA FC - FIRST TEAM: Jose Mourinho, Manager

Nearly six years later, he returned on a four-year deal, declaring to Chelsea fans that the difference between 2004 and 2013 was that he was now ‘one of you’.

A third-placed finish and Champions League semi-final appearance showed the group’s potential, which was realised in style when Mourinho guided his exciting, well-balanced team to the Premier League crown in his second season back. The League Cup was also won to cap off a wonderful 2014/15 campaign.

In August 2015, on the eve of the new Barclays Premier League season, it was announced Mourinho had signed a new four-year contract, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2019.

On signing his deal, Mourinho said: ‘If the club is happy, I am happy. I think this is a normal thing for me to sign a new contract. It is important we have this continuity and I hope we can enjoy more success in the future - for the fans, the players and the club.

‘I said when I returned here two years ago that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed. It is the club closest to my heart and I am very happy to know I will be staying here for a long time.’

Katharina Althaus of Germany competes during the Mixed Team HS100 Normal Hill Ski Jumping during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at the Lugnet venue on February 22, 2015 in Falun, Sweden.(January 8, 2014 - Source: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe)