Cesc Fabregas’ Chelsea career didn’t exactly end on ideal terms.
The Spaniard left Stamford Bridge after winning two Premier League titles in five years to join Monaco and work under former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry.
But such was the dire situation at Stade Louis II, their reunion ended just 13 days after it began when the Frenchman was dismissed three months into his reign.
Now playing under returning Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, Fabregas has since helped his new club haul themselves six points above the Ligue 1 relegation zone.
The Monegasques have taken 16 points from the last 27 on offer, yet they still have quite a fight on their hands to beat the drop this season.
Fabregas knew what he was getting himself into when he left Chelsea for the French principality in January, though he had his reasons.
Maurizio Sarri has persisted with using Jorginho as his midfield ‘regista’ from the day he signed – even through the role’s apparent inappropriateness for the pace of English football.
Meanwhile, Fabregas spent the first half of the campaign struggling to prove his worth to his manager, who limited him to a mere 176 minutes of Premier League action.
Many Chelsea fans questioned Sarri’s blatant favouritism of Jorginho and Fabregas shared their frustration, despite the Italian publicly declaring he was a key member of his squad.
Speaking to a Monaco press conference on Thursday, the 2010 World Cup winner has revealed he knew Jorginho would get the nod wherever possible with Sarri in charge.
“I was at Chelsea and I could have renewed my contract to stay there,” Fabregas said, per talkSPORT.
“For me it was difficult to play every single game – this is what I want to do. I love football. When I played for Chelsea, I’m happy.
“[But] it was impossible to play every match – for whatever reason it was.”
While Fabregas is clearly better off at Monaco, it still seems absurd how few opportunities Sarri gave him.
The ex-Barcelona star contributed 16 assists and seven goals in his last three league campaigns, so it’s difficult to imagine he’s too far past his prime even now.
But with Fabregas gone, Sarri can only hope Jorginho soon converts his impressive passing statistics into key passes and assists.