Maurizio Sarri: Cesc Fàbregas needs to leave Chelsea

By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says midfielder Cesc Fàbregas needs to leave Stamford Bridge for the good of his career.

The 30-year-old left the field in tears on Saturday as the Blues beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the FA Cup in what looks set to be his final appearance in English soccer.

Fàbregas, 31, has made just one Premier League start this season and Chelsea have a well-known policy of only offering players over 30 a one-year extension.

Sarri believes the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner should leave for the good of his career with an offer from former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, now head coach at Monaco, on the table

Speaking at his press conference ahead of Tuesday's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham Hotspur, Sarri said: "I can say only my opinion. I don't know the decision of the club. In my opinion, he needs to go.

"You know very well in this club there is a rule - the renewal of players over 30 is usually for one year. He has an offer for two years. I don't want a very important player as Cesc not happy."

The Blues have already been linked with Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella as a potential replacement, but Sarri refused to address speculation linking Chelsea with the Italy international.

"I don't want to speak about players of other teams," he said. "If Cesc will go, of course we need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble."

Fàbregas joined Chelsea from FC Barcelona in 2014 and has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and League Cup at Stamford Bridge.