Leicester City’s stars have vowed to put up a much better defense of the Premier League title than predecessors Chelsea.
Claudio Ranieri’s team finished its last campaign with a draw at former champions Chelsea, which came 10th after an appalling start which cost former boss Jose Mourinho his job.
The Blues returned to pre-season late after being given an extra week off and were sluggish in a poor start, as stars such as then PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard were a shadow of their former selves.
But Mirror UK reports Foxes defender Danny Simpson as revealing that Leicester’s stars were given a strict summer fitness programme for next season – even before their open-top bus parade.
And when quizzed about Chelsea’s failings – Mourinho’s men won just one of their opening five games – Simpson insisted Leicester would not make the same mistake.
He said: “After we won the title, we had our team meeting about our summer plans – where we have to do this training and that training. That is just as important as the first day of pre-season.
“There will be a lot of expectation on us next season but the lads just take everything in their stride.
“We want to come back next season and improve – we want to get better, defend it and give it a go.
“I think every single player is going to come back fully fit and ready to go for pre-season.
“We’re very professional and everyone in the summer, whether they are internationals or not, will train and do the off-the-field stuff to return fit.”
He added: “The Leicester fans know what we have achieved is unbelievable.
“Even when we are losing in a game they have always supported us – that is what is good about the fans.
“I think they know next season is going to be hard.
“Every other team is going to strengthen but that is what helps us.”
In a separate event, Chelsea has reportedly offered former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Sun UK says that the Chelsea midfielder is believed to be unhappy at Stamford Bridge, much like international team-mate Pedro, who wants a move back to Barcelona.
Fabregas, 29, is said to have been uncomfortable at Chelsea since the sacking of Jose Mourinho, the man who brought him to the club, in December.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea and incoming manager Antonio Conte would be willing to sell the World Cup winner.
Fabregas enjoyed a brilliant first season in west London as the Blues won the Premier League.
He finished with a league-leading 18 assists as Mourinho’s side waltzed to the title.
However, last season Fabregas – along with most of the Chelsea squad – regressed as the team put up the worst defence in Premier League history.
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