Cesc Fabregas speaks out after Thierry Henry sacking at AS Monaco

Spain international Cesc Fabregas has acknowledged that Thierry Henry was the prime reason behind him joining AS Monaco from Premier League side Chelsea. The 31-year-old had been starved of first-team action during the first half of the season with the Blues and this encouraged him to take up the challenge with Monaco who were then managed by former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry.

Speaking to Marca, Fabregas has admitted that Henry had influenced his decision to join the Principality outfit after indicating that he could become the leader from the centre of the park. He added that things may not have paved as planned with Henry’s sacking but believes Henry can eventually succeed as a top manager in years to come.

Maurizio Sarri frustrated with Cesc Fabregas’ potential Chelsea exit

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that he does not have a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas in the ranks amid suggestions that the Spaniard is close to leaving the Blues. The midfielder has struggled for starts under Sarri over the course of the campaign but the Italian has nevertheless considered him as a valuable contributor from the bench.

Speaking to reporters, Sarri admitted that he would be disappointed with the probable departure of Fabregas, given he has only two players including Jorginho, who provide similar attributes on the playing field, he said: “In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc. I want him to stay, [but] I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.”

Cesc Fabregas: It is too early to talk about Chelsea exit

Spain international Cesc Fabregas has insisted that it is too early to talk about his potential exit from Chelsea. The 31-year-old has struggled for regular gametime in the Premier League this season with just one league start and this has increased the speculation of him leaving the club at the turn of the year.

However, speaking after the Europa League game at Vidi, Fabregas stressed that he is not in a hurry to leave the Blues with his existing deal only due to expire at the end of the season. He added that he would like to play more in the top-flight but he is not someone who will down his tools when the going gets tough.

Joe Cole believes Mateo Kovacic is of a different class than Cesc Fabregas

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole believes Mateo Kovacic provides a different dimension to the game for the Blues which Cesc Fabregas may not be able to deliver. The Croatia international joined the Blues on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer and he has since seamlessly settled at the club with 15 appearances across all competitions.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Cole admitted that Kovacic does not offer much in terms of the goalscoring but he is still a different class to Fabregas with his ability to drive forward from the centre of the park, he said: “I think he’s different class. We know he isn’t a prolific goalscorer from midfield but when you watch him closely what he does is he drives with the ball. Straight away that’s unnerving the [opposition] back four because he’s got that ability to just ghost past players. Cesc Fabregas is a great player but what he gives Chelsea on top of what Cesc can’t do is he can drive and take players out of the game from a central midfield position.”

Cesc Fabregas refuses to rule out Arsenal return

Spain international Cesc Fabregas has refused to rule out a potential return to Arsenal once his Chelsea contract concludes at the end of the campaign. The 31-year-old made a name for himself with the Gunners between 2004 and 2011 before making his comeback with hometown club Barcelona.

Three years later, the Spaniard made the decision to return to the Premier League with Chelsea and though he has had a successful career, his Blues future remains under doubt beyond the current campaign. Speaking to Marca, Fabregas indicated that he has no plans to step down from the game in the near future and refused to rule out a possible return to the Emirates Stadium.

Cesc Fabregas drops update on his Chelsea contract situation

Spain international Cesc Fabregas has indicated that he is eager to pen a new contract with Chelsea and it is up to the club to decide whether they would offer him an extension. The 31-year-old presently has just eight months left on his existing contract with the Blues but he has frequently expressed his desire to prolong his stay.

In an interview covered by Goal.com, Fabregas admitted that he would like to commit his future to the Blues for the coming years but the final decision needs to be taken by the hierarchy, who have yet to begin contract talks, he said: “I’m very open about [wanting a new contract]. To be the honest, the club has not said anything.

AC Milan looking into January move for Cesc Fabregas

Italian side AC Milan are reportedly considering a winter attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea. The Spain international has been with the west London giants since the summer of 2014 and during this period, he has racked over 180 appearances whilst going on to win the Premier League crown on two occasions.

Despite this, his future has become a topic of discussion with his contract expiring next summer and according to Corriere dello Sport, the Rossoneri are monitoring the player’s developments. It is added that the San Siro outfit have been keen on pursuing the midfielder since his days with Arsenal and they are now hopeful of luring him in January where he will have entered the final six months of his Blues contract.

Arsenal legend backs Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright believes Chelsea will be right in the mix for the Premier League crown during the backend of the campaign. The Blues endured a tough 2017/18 campaign where they only finished fifth in the standings and this witnessed the departure of manager Antonio Conte.

Since then, Maurizio Sarri has taken over the heat seat at Stamford Bridge and Wright has been impressed with how the Blues have quickly adjusted to the manager’s tactics, he said: “Abramovich looks to have pulled another rabbit out of the hat in appointing Maurizio Sarri. The way Chelsea have started the season under the Italian has only confirmed my belief that they will be in the mix this time. They will clearly do it the way Abramovich loves too — with entertaining, exciting football which will always put backsides on seats.”

Cesc Fabregas urges Eden Hazard to stay put at Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes it is essential for the club to keep hold of Eden Hazard if they are to enhance their chances of picking up silverware next season. The Belgium international has been with the Blues over the past six years but he has of late flirted with the idea of joining the Bernabeu giants.

As such, there has been plenty of speculation regarding his future but Fabregas remains optimistic that the Belgian stays put with the club, he said: “I think he's our best player. We are a top club, we want to be a top team, we want to win things, and for that you need your best players. Eden is one of them. He's a player that we all love to play with, especially me. For us, he's our most important player. Everyone loves him - the fans, the club, the players, and we need him. He knows that.”

Cesc Fabregas explains why Lionel Messi struggles with Argentina

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has highlighted the reason behind Lionel Messi’s struggles with the Argentine national side. Messi has struggled to make much of an impact in the opening two games of the World Cup and his country are now dependent on other results in order to progress to the knock stage of the tournament.

As such, there has been plenty of criticism laid on his head but Fabregas remains in support of his close friend. Speaking to BBC One, Fabregas indicated that Barcelona have better players around the pitch and this reduces the pressure of Messi’s showing unlike with the national team, he said: “I think so (the pressure is different to Barcelona), I think so.