Cesc Fabregas signed (somewhat surprisingly) with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea 4.5 years ago, and while he’s since played a crucial role in two Premier League titles and amassed nearly 200 appearances for the club, he’s been rumored to be leaving for each of the past three seasons as well (e.g.: 2016, 2017, 2018).
Most of these exit rumors have concerned AC Milan, and it’s once again the Rossoneri who are back in the picture, with recent reports from Italy claiming interest in the 31-year-old midfielder — this “exclusive” from CalcioMercate has since been picked up by others, like the Mail and the Telegraph.
The one thing that is different this time than all the other previous times is that Cesc’s contract is expiring at the end of the season, and it doesn’t look likely at the moment that it would be extended. While Fabregas has reiterated his desire to stay and fight for his place, it seems like we’re drawing to a close on his time at Stamford Bridge (similar case to Gary Cahill’s).
That said, as speculated by the Telegraph, Sarri and Chelsea are probably not ready to get rid of Fabregas in January just yet, especially as he fulfills a crucial role as Jorginho’s one and only truly capable backup.
Fabregas will be free to discuss terms with foreign teams starting in January, but he’s probably staying until at least the end of the season. Whether he’d be willing to move to Italy afterwards — he’s continually refuted any rumors that had him leaving London — is a question for another day.