LONDON – Maurizio Sarri insisted on Monday that Chelsea must replace Cesc Fabregas, as the veteran midfielder looks set to leave the Premier League outfit for Thierry Henry’s Monaco.
The 31-year-old’s contract expires at the end of this season, and he appeared to say goodbye after Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, where he applauded all sides of Stamford Bridge.
The Blues boss said Fabregas had a “free day” on Sunday, refusing to confirm or deny reports the playmaker had travelled to France to meet with Monaco, but demanded that the Blues supply him with reinforcements should he join his former Arsenal teammate Henry in Ligue 1.
“If Cesc will go, of course we need a replacement,” Sarri said to reporters ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham at Wembley.
“Now with the midfielders, we are in trouble, I think. Without Cesc, we have only five, so we are in trouble. We need a replacement.”