Ranieri: Fulham are 'ready' for 'difficult' Chelsea encounter

Victor Moses passes the Torch to Hudson-Odoi

Victor Moses passes the Torch to Hudson-Odoi

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The La Liga champions and manager Ernesto Valverde have been plunged into a scramble to bring in a defender in January following news that Samuel Umtiti is set for a longer spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery in Qatar.

Sources have told ESPN FC that AC Milan have a serious interest in signing Fabregas, who has struggled for regular playing time under Maurizio Sarri but starred in Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over PAOK.

"I spoke with him for three days - I don't remember exactly - one month ago, or 45 days ago", said Sarri, who dined with Ranieri afterwards in the Chelsea training ground canteen.

"I don't know if Hudson-Odoi is able for the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team", he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

Chelsea saw their unbeaten start to the new campaign come to an abrupt end with a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham last weekend so Maurizio Sarri has demanded a response from this players on Sunday.

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Reports suggest that Aston Villa are now interested in signing Gary Cahill while Calciomercato believe AC Milan want the services of the England worldwide by the end of January. But I want to see him in matches where we also need him in the defensive phase.

Gary Cahill so far has played just six games in all competitions this season with only one of them coming in the Premier League.

Fulham boss Ranieri heaped praise on Chelsea counterpart Sarri, insisting his Italian compatriot merits high regard for his "Sarriball" tactical style.

The last three matches we had problems with this.

The 18-year-old impressed in pre-season and Sarri handed him a start against PAOK at Stamford Bridge last night.

Or does he deserve more patience after how good he's been for us over the past few years? So it wasn't very easy to find a big motivation.

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