Chelsea defender David Luiz has opened up about the potential departure of club teammate Cesc Fabregas, claiming that, “the Spaniard leaving will be sad not only for him, but for everybody at Stamford Bridge.”
Fabregas who is expected to finalise a move to Monaco this week, captained Chelsea during their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and was given a standing ovation by the fans on being substituted with five minutes to go.
“I think not just [emotional] for him, for everybody. One of the best players playing in England was him, everyone knows that. It’s sad for everybody when you lose this kind of player, this kind of person, but I think everybody has to stand up and clap because he deserves it,” Luis said as quoted by ESPN.
“I think he won everything with this club. My memories are always going to be with the world-class player, with the great technique. He’s a great guy. He did a speech [in the dressing room] and then after that we all said thank you and hugged him.”
Blues manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that losing a player as technical as the Spaniard would hurt the club with Luiz adding that its not just his talent but also his personality and experience will be hard to get.
The 31-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in 2014 and has made 197 appearances for them, helping the club win two Premier League titles and one FA Cup.