Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has had limited playing opportunities under new boss Maurizio Sarri, and the Spaniard is being linked with an exit from the club.
Fabregas’ contract will run out at the end of the season, meaning that he can begin to talk with other clubs in January.
Fabregas lost his place in the Chelsea team to summer signing Jorginho, and the 31-year-old has been playing second-fiddle in that role since the start of the season.
Fabregas has admitted that he wants to play more, and might leave the club if things doesn’t change, but Sarri has insisted that Fabregas is an important player in the squad and doesn’t want him to leave.
“In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” said Sarri.
“I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.
“But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.
“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”
There have been claims that Fabregas has been issued a new one-year contract but he has rejected it and insisted on a two-year deal.
Chelsea have a policy of handing out one-year contract deals to players 30 and over, and this could be preventing players like Fabregas from signing a new deal.
When asked if he agreed with this policy, Sari replied: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation, I think.
“It’s a rule and so we have to respect that. As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.
“And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So, the problem is only this.”