Fabregas to sit out Newcastle clash, says Sarri

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that midfielder Cesc Fabregas is not in the right state of mind to feature on Saturday against Newcastle United.

Amid reports linking Fabregas with a move away from Chelsea, Sarri believes he’s not mentally fit to play on Saturday against Newcastle United as Chelsea prepare to welcome Rafa Benitez’s side.

The midfielder was ready to sign for Thierry Henry’s Ligue 1 side Monaco, but the deal was reportedly put on hold until Chelsea can find a replacement.

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“You know very well my opinion as I told you in the last press conference. I think he that he needs to go,” Sarri told Sky Sports.

“At the moment, for his mental condition, he is not able to play I think. I don’t know the last decision of our club but at the moment he is not able to play. I need a replacement but I don’t need a very important player like Cesc unhappy here.”