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Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas seeks FA Cup winner’s medal to replace one he lost

• Midfielder admits mislaying medal won with Arsenal in 2005
• ‘If you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is very special’

Cesc Fàbregas will have an extra incentive to claim the FA Cup for a second time in his career after admitting he has mislaid his winner’s medal from his first appearance in the final, with Arsenal 13 years ago.

The Spain midfielder had just turned 18 when he started for Arsène Wenger’s team in the goalless draw with Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium. Fàbregas had relished his tussle with imposing opponents, who included Roy Keane in their number, before being replaced by Robin van Persie four minutes from the end of normal time, then watched Patrick Vieira convert the decisive spot-kick in the subsequent penalty shootout to claim the trophy with his final touch in an Arsenal shirt.

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