Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini does not know if Cesc Fabregas has played his last game for the club, but hailed him as “one of a kind”.
Fabregas has been linked with a move to French side Monaco during the January transfer window and he certainly looked like a man saying goodbye as Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the FA Cup third round, thanks to Alvaro Morata’s second-half double.
The Spaniard, who captained the side and missed a first-half penalty, was given a standing ovation by the crowd and his team-mates when he came off late in the game, before going back on the pitch after full-time where he was reduced to tears as Chelsea supporters sang his name.
Cudicini reports that Ruben Loftus-Cheek came off with a back injury. He adds that he ‘is very sorry for the kid’ as he may have to stop playing for a bit to resolve an ongoing problem. #CHEFOR
Cudicini, standing in on press duties for boss Maurizio Sarri, said: “I personally don’t know. If it was his last game it was very good that he played in front of his fans and that he was able to have a nice reception. But I don’t know, so I can’t comment.
“What can I say about Cesc? Five hundred games, he is a player who is unique, he has an unbelievable awareness and vision of where his team-mates are on the pitch.
“I think he is one of the few that has the ability to give balls behind the defensive line that are so precise.
“He is one of a kind player. He has been fantastic for the teams he played for before us and the contribution he has given this club and to this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top, top player.”