Sarri accepts Fabregas departure, urges Hudson-Odoi to stay

LONDON (AP) — As Cesc Fabregas prepares to leave Chelsea, a player at the other end of his career has been urged to stay at Stamford Bridge and start fighting for a regular starting place in the team.

Fabregas is expected to join French team Monaco in the coming days, bringing an end to his four and a half year stay at Chelsea and likely his time in English football after a previous eight-year stint at Arsenal.

“In my opinion, he needs to go,” Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said last Monday, when asked about the 31-year-old Fabregas.

“You know very well the situation. You know very well in this club there is a rule: The renewal of players over 30 is usually one year. He has an offer for two years. I don’t want a very important player as Cesc unhappy.”

Fabregas appeared to say his goodbyes to Chelsea’s fans last Saturday during and after the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

The possibility of 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also leaving the club was raised last week by Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola, who said Bayern Munich was “very interested” in the highly rated teenager. British media have reported the German champion is ready to spend GBP30 million (USD38 million) on Hudson-Odoi.

Sarri said Hudson-Odoi had a “very great future here with the national team and with Chelsea.”