Photo: Fabregas sends message to Costa ahead of Chelsea v Man United

Cesc Fabregas had a jokey message for Diego Costa ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester United

Cesc Fabregas has taken to social media to poke fun at Diego Costa as the Chelsea pair prepare for Sunday’s crunch clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte’s men have the luxury of a free week to prepare for the visit of the Red Devils to west London this weekend.

Chelsea were impressive 3-0 winners over defending champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

The Blues are now preparing to welcome former manager Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he was sacked by the Blues back in December.

And Fabregas was clearly feeling in a jokey mood ahead of the game, as he posted the picture above on his personal Instagram account and wrote: “I punch harder than you @diego.costa 😂👊🏻”

Chelsea ended up in 10th place in the Premier League table last season after Mourinho’s sacking.

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The west London side do not have the distraction of European football this season as they look to break back into the top four in the Premier League.

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