With Cesc Fabregas’ future still yet to be decided, Chelsea stars Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta have spoken out and urged the club to bring their international colleague to Stamford Bridge this summer.
As Movistar reported, Torres said the Barcelona man would fill a void in the Blues setup and that he would love to see him in West London next season, per Pete O’Rourke of Sky Sports:
He is a kind of player that Chelsea don't have at the moment. Great players are always great signings. We know him well, he was one of the best players in the Premier League while playing for Arsenal and is a player who brings a lot to the team. He is a player who brings ball control and goals. If he feels important, if he feels like a leader he proved at Arsenal that can lead a squad.
While Fabregas is still an influential player at the Nou Camp, having the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets in central midfield with Fabregas means he isn’t able to play a starring role for the Catalan giants—something Torres thinks is crucial to his brilliance.
That’s not to say coming to play with Chelsea’s star-studded outfit would be much different, but the guarantee of regular first-team football in the heart of midfield will surely see the 27-year-old come into his own.
Scoring eight La Liga goals and grabbing 13 assists last season, per WhoScored.com, Fabregas has what it takes to cut it at the highest level—a sentiment Azpilicueta agrees with wholeheartedly, per O’Rourke:
At the moment there's nothing official and he's a Barca player. All I can say is what I already know about him. He's a great central midfielder with plenty of experience in the Premier League. The best players are always welcome at the best clubs.
In my personal opinion, he's a special player. Few teams have this kind of player in their team, a central midfielder who gets forward really well and has great vision of the game, whilst there's also his statistics, which speak for themselves. He can adapt to various positions. Right now, we don't have a player like Cesc at Chelsea.
Despite the full-back insisting that nothing is official just yet, Luis F. Rojo of Marca revealed on Friday that a €33 million deal was in place to lure Fabregas back to the English capital: "Cesc Fabregas will play for Chelsea next season. The clubs have agreed on a fee of 33 million euros, plus extras for trophies won. The player will sign for four seasons and will earn 10 million a year before tax, three more than what he was on at Barca."
With Frank Lampard moving on from Stamford Bridge and the Blues looking a little light in central midfield, Fabregas would be a stellar signing for the club.
At 27 years old and in the peak of his football power, the Spaniard is the kind of player who can bring long-term success to Jose Mourinho’s side, with OptaJoe revealing exactly what Fabregas could bring to the Premier League:
24 - Cesc Fabregas has the most goal assists in La Liga over the last two seasons. Available.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 31, 2014
His ability to adapt across midfield and even play in a forward role is something any side would benefit from, and with Torres and Azpilicueta recognising such a fact, seeing him in a Chelsea shirt next season will thrill players and fans alike.
However, Guillem Balague has been quick to bring Blues fans back down to earth on Twitter, saying no transfer activity will take place on Friday:
The Cesc transfer wont take place today -not done yet fully. So relaxed lunch by the beach before the Brazil trip for me— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 6, 2014
Still, with the signing looking imminent, Chelsea can now look forward to enjoying a fruitful 2014/15 campaign with the core of their midfield set to boast two of the league’s best, Nemanja Matic and Fabregas.
Though Mourinho wasn’t able to orchestrate a silverware-winning season in the last campaign, bringing in a player with heaps of trophy-winning experience will only aid the Portuguese manager’s redemption cause.