Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas attributed the arrival of Jorginho and Maurizio Sarri last summer as the reason he chose to leave Stamford Bridge.
The Daily Mirror reports that Fabregas, who joined AS Monaco in January, decided to leave after receiving a lack of playing time under new boss Sarri.
The former Napoli manager arrived at Chelsea last summer, with one of his first actions being the signing of his compatriot, Jorginho. The Italian midfielders arrival seemingly spelled the end of Fabregas’ time at Chelsea, as Cesc claims Sarri viewed his new signing as like a “son”.
This season, Jorginho has occupied the role previously performed by Fabregas, acting as the sides deep lying playmaker, keeping the midfield ticking over with pinpoint passing. The bond between Sarri and Jorginho explains why the Italian international has largely remained in the side, even when performances have been sub par.
For Fabregas, just 6 Premier League starts in the first half to the season said everything about where he was in the midfield pecking order – the writing was on the wall for the 2010 World Cup winner.
“I like to have a new objective…I was at Chelsea and I could have renewed my contract and stayed there, but a new coach (Sarri) came with a player that for him was like a son.”
Since joining AS Monaco in January, Fabregas has helped his new side to climb out of the relegation zone in Ligue 1, with Leonardo Jardim’s return also contributing to an upturn in results.
While he may not be the first name on the team sheet, the Spaniard has certainly played a role in turning around the fortunes of his new side, even managing to get on the scoresheet against Toulouse.
“For whatever reason it was impossible for me even if I was better, or someone else is better, to play every match (at Chelsea). I decided to come to a project that was different for me and I think it will give me so much satisfaction.”
During his time in West London, Fabregas won two Premier League titles, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup. He also made 303 appearances for Arsenal during his first stay in England, eventually leaving in 2011 for his boyhood club, Barcelona.
After leaving England for what is likely to be the last time, he will now hope he can add another chapter to an already decorated career, by helping to return Monaco to the very top of French football.