Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri reveals he would like to have both David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas beyond this season but they are yet to agree to a new contract with the club.
Fabregas has had very limited game time while Luiz has been a constant presence in the Chelsea backline. The Brazilian had looked to be on the course of leaving the club after being snubbed by Antonio Conte last season but his resurgence under the guidance of the Sarri has been the talk of the town.
On the other hand Fabregas saw himself falling in the pecking order following the arrival of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic at the Stamford Bridge in the summer. Both Luiz and Fabregas will be free to negotiate terms with any club in January as their contract is scheduled to expire at the end of this season.
Sarri said, “Si [Yes]. Ispoke with the club one month ago about this. I know very well that it’s not easy, but I think that we can do a new deal for both.
“Because they are very important players for us. Because, on the other hand, it’s very difficult to find a centre-back for this level, and it’s very difficult to find a central midfielder technically like Fabregas. And so I think they have to stay with us.
“The deal is very difficult for this reason [both being over 30], I think. Because the club wants a short contract, and the players want a long contract. So it’s difficult for this reason. But I think, at the end, we can find a solution.
“I think that David and Cesc are leaders. And so I think it’s very important for me, for the staff, and also for their team-mates that they stay with us. I know the difficulties of the new deal, as I said before.
“The problem is only one year, two years or three/four years for the new contract. But I think the club will be able to find the right solution.”