Chelsea 'keeper backs Fabregas to fill Lampard's shoes

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has backed midfield signing Cesc Fabregas as the man to replace Blues legend Frank Lampard.

Frank Lampard has left Stamford Bridge after 13 years, 429 appearances and 147 goals for the Blues but stopper Mark Schwarzer is backing £30 million Cesc Fabregas to fill the void the England veteran leaves behind.

“It’s a big shame losing someone like Frank Lampard who has been an unbelievable player in the Premier League. He’s a world-class player and it’s a huge loss for Chelsea considering how long he has been at the club, but he’s obviously looking for another challenge,” said the goalkeeper.

“With Cesc Fabregas, you’re talking about another world-class player replacing [Lampard]. That’s what happens at the top end of the league and at clubs like Chelsea. Players of equal quality replace the old ones.”

The former Arsenal captain signed last month from boyhood club Barcelona where he spent three years after spending eight years in the Premier League with the Gunners. The 27-year-old Spain international possesses experience and quality in abundance and is already familiar with the Premier League, Champions League and domestic cups in England.

The Spaniard and former rival of Blues boss Jose Mourinho in his time at Real Madrid is a technically exceptional player with vision, creativity and flair in and around the box, equally capable of creating and scoring goals at the highest level of club and international football.

He joins a Chelsea squad packed with quality in abundance with the likes of Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard likely to link up with him in attacking midfield areas and new signing Diego Costa coming in to join the ranks ahead of him, making the Blues forward lines a threatening prospect for defences in England and across the continent.

41-year-old Schwarzer may, however, find it hard to fight for his place between the sticks with club stalwart Petr Cech still in the prime of his playing career at 32 years of age and youngster, 22-year-old Thibaut Coutois a possible option after his loan with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

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