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Cesc Fabregas: The arrival of Sarri’s “son” made me decide to leave Chelsea

By Nick Thompson

Published: 10:48, 13 April 2019

Cesc Fabregas has suggested the arrival of Sarri and his “son” Jorginho forced his move to Monaco.

The Spaniard and the Italian midfielder play the same deep-lying, possession-based position as each other.

Cesc forced out by Jorginho? Five things to know…

  1. Fabregas won four trophies during his four-and-a-half-year spell at Chelsea but made the switch to Monaco in January of 2019.
  2. His move coincided with a disastrous spell for the French club, although things have improved since Thierry Henry was sacked.
  3. Sarri arrived at Chelsea in the summer, replacing the outgoing Antonio Conte, and brought with him Jorginho from Napoli.
  4. The Italian playmaker has come to be seen as the scapegoat of Sarri’s style.
  5. Many fans have called for N’Golo Kante to be dropped deeper once again.

Fabregas, who has also played for Arsenal and Barcelona, has suggested it would have been impossible for him to play regularly under Sarri, irrespective of his form.

Despite Jorginho’s average displays and a contract extension on the table, Fabregas left for Monaco in January.

Speaking to the media, Fabregas said: “I like to have new objective. All the time for me it’s important to have a new objective in my head.

“I was at Chelsea and I could have renewed my contract and stayed there but a new coach came with a player that for him was like his son.

“For me it was difficult to play every single game and that’s what I want to do. I love football. I don’t want to just be happy to play for Chelsea.

“For whatever reason it was impossible for me even if I was better, or someone else is better, to play every match and I decided to come to a project that was different for me and I think it will give me so much satisfaction.”

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Monaco’s turnaround under Jardim

After being dismissed in October 2018, Jardim returned to Monaco once again to replaced the beleaguered Henry, who had overseen a horrendous run of form to the put the club 19th in Ligue 1.

Since Jardim’s return, though, the club have lost just two of their 10 games in all competitions, lifting them to 17th and out of the relegation zone.

There is still a long way to go in their battle for survival, but impressive wins over the likes of Lille and Lyon – who sit second and third, respectively – will give the Principality club real hope of climbing the table and building for next season.

Monaco host Stade Reims on Saturday evening.