AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has ruled out making a move for Chelsea’s out-of-favour midfielder Cesc Fabregas, saying that he is not the right fit for the team.
With captain Riccardo Montolivo ruled out long term with ruptured knee ligaments, there were reports that the Rossoneri would make an approach for the Spaniard in January.
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However, Montella has now put that rumour to bed, stating that Fabregas “doesn’t have [the] characteristics” necessary to fill the void left by the Italy midfielder.
“We’re looking for a player who has the characteristics that Montolivo has, who can also operate in a defensive-midfield two,” the Milan boss told Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Serra.
“Fabregas? He doesn’t have those characteristics.”
The World Cup winner has found himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season, playing in only four of the Blues’ seven Premier League fixtures and starting just once.
Antonio Conte has experimented with different formations but it appears that Fabregas is not part of his project, with the manager preferring N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in central midfield.
It is a sharp fall from grace for the 29-year-old, who was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s title winning Chelsea side only two seasons ago.
With Milan out of the running to sign the former Arsenal and Barcelona man, there still should be no shortage of takers for the player who currently sits fourth in the all-time list of Premier League assists.
Given his lack of game time, Fabregas may well be looking for an escape route in order to re-establish himself amongst the world’s elite midfielders.