BARNES: FABREGAS IS AN ARSENAL LEGEND, NOT CHELSEA

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Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea in 2014 from Barcelona much to the fury of Arsenal fans who booed their former star and captain for joining Chelsea.

Despite being a Chelsea player for four years, Fabregas was adored by the Blues fans and is seen as a hero at the club.

The Spaniard seems to have played his last game for Chelsea and is now set to join Thierry Henry at Monaco.

The 31-year-old made over 500 appearances in the English game, and captained Chelsea in his farewell game in the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round at Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas emerged as one of the most exciting talents in European football as a teenager at Arsenal and went on to captain the club before leaving the Gunners for Barcelona.

Having spent close to a decade at Arsenal and just four years at Chelsea, Liverpool legend John Barnes has insisted that to him Fabregas is more of an Arsenal legend than Chelsea.

However, while Fabregas won only one FA Cup trophy with the Gunners, he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup with the Blues.

“He’s an Arsenal player, he’s an Arsenal legend,” Barnes told beIN Sports.

“He’s not a Chelsea player. He’s been there four years and he hasn’t stamped his authority on Chelsea in terms of playing week in week out.

“Yes it’s great that he’s leaving, I don’t know whether that’s a goodbye to the Premier League, not neccesserily Chelsea because for me Fabregas’s career is an Arsenal one as far as I’m concerned.”

Carlo Cudicini, one of Maurizio Sarri’s assistant was in charge of Chelsea’s press conference after the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, and he revealed that he knows nothing about Fabregas’ future.

Cudicini said: “We don’t know, I personally don’t know. If it was his last game I think it was very good he played in front of his fans and he was able to get a nice reception, but as I said we don’t know so I’m not able to comment.

“He was captain a few times in pre-season when Cahill and Azpi weren’t there. He’s not the first and won’t be the last to miss a penalty. It’s something I think I have some knowledge on and the keeper did quite well.

“What can I say about Cesc? Five-hundred games, a player who is unique in his position, he has unbelievable vision and awareness of where his team-mates are on the pitch. He’s one of the few who has the ability to play that ball for the runs behind the defensive line, so precise and with the right timing.

“I think he’s one of a kind. He’s been fantastic for teams before us and the contribution he’s given to this club and this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top player.”

However, Sarri had expressed a desire for Fabregas to remain at Stamford Bridge.

“In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” Sarri said.

“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.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.