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Cesc Fabregas left Chelsea for Monaco last week and he has linked up with former Arsenal team-mate turned manager Thierry Henry in the French league.

Fabregas’ departure has left a void in the Chelsea team, and it’s one that Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has complained that he’s unhappy about.

Sarri insisted that he didn’t want Fabregas to leave the club before his departure, but the 31-year-old was keen on leaving after a lack of game time at the club under Sarri.

Chelsea are planning for life after Fabregas by lining up a move for Italy international Nicolo Barella, but Cagliari have told Chelsea that they will not sell the 21-year-old during the January transfer window.

Cagliari’s sporting director Mario Passetti has insisted that the midfielder won’t be sold this January.

“We continue to talk about him, we do interviews and issue statements, but evidently we’re not being clear enough – we reiterate that he’ll stay for at least for the next six months,” Passetti told Rai Sport.

“After that, we’ll see what happens in the summer.

“We have big ambitions and Nicolo gives 1000 percent in every training session and he’s happy to be at Cagliari. Selling him isn’t one of our objectives.”

On Sunday, Cagliari manager Rolando Maran also insisted that the 21-year-old won’t be leaving the club, revealing that his head is still at the club despite Chelsea rumours.

He said: “He [Barella] has the right thoughts and his head is in Cagliari, I do not have different signals and I do not have any problem.”

With Chelsea yet to sign a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu has the potential to play in that role.

Ampadu who’s yet to feature in the Premier League this season can play as a centre-back and central midfielder, and Sarri believes the youngster can serve as a replacement for Fabregas.

“In the future maybe but we have to work,” Sarri pointed out.

“The player who plays in that position usually touches about 120 to 130 balls [a match] and so I think we need a specialist there.

“The bench is not really very short. It is left short for only one position at the moment because Hudson-Odoi is improving, Hudson-Odoi in one or two months will be at the same level as the other players. I hope the same for Ampadu. Of course playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy, we need to try and try and try in training.”

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