Maurizio Sarri names the player who will finally replace Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea


Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has revealed the options available to him when it comes to adding depth in Jorginho’s position.

Speaking after his side’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town, the Italian considered the merits of Ethan Ampadu and Mateo Kovacic as options to take on the responsibilities of Cesc Fabregas following the Spaniard’s move to Monaco in the January transfer window.

His departure has left the former Napoli boss with a dilemma. The 60-year-old had called on the Blues to go into the market to sign a replacement to the playmaker only for Leandro Paredes to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Nicolo Barella ended up staying at Cagliari and was even linked with a shock switch to Manchester United.

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Given the lack of movement in the transfer window, Sarri will now look for solutions within his existing squad of players, and two have stood out to him in particular.

“I have to try with our own players,” he told Goal . “So, I think Mateo Kovacic could be a very good option. A very good option, then we need to recover completely Ruben Loftus-Cheek, after his back problem.

Mateo Kovacic in action against Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne at Anfield

“Then, we can play sometimes with Kovacic as a central midfielder and then Jorginho will be able to rest. We are trying in training with two players; the first is Ethan Ampadu and the second is Kovacic.


“It may be that for the characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team.”

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