Chelsea set to lose David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas on free transfers next summer
Chelsea face the risk of losing two of their key players David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas on free transfers next summer due to a contract dispute. Manager Maurizio Sarri desperately wanted to keep hold of his players but might fall victim to the club’s policy of offering one-year deals to players above the age of 30.
According to reports, Sarri wanted to bring about a reform to such policy but the Italian has been overruled by the board.
Luiz looked set for the exit door at the start of the season after being frozen out of the first-team by former manager Antonio Conte but the Brazilian has established himself as one of the first names on Sarri’s teamsheet.
While Luiz remains an indispensable component of Chelsea’s backline under Sarri, former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas has fallen out of favour. The arrival of Jorginho in the summer has pushed the Spaniard down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, with his involvement being largely limited to the cup competitions.
And Sarri has voiced his concerns over losing two of his key players next summer.
“I spoke with the club about this one month ago,” he revealed last month. “But I know it’s not easy.
“They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a centre-back for this level and it is very difficult to find a centre-midfielder technically like Fàbregas.
“The deal is difficult because both players are over 30 years of age. The club wants a short contract and the players want a long contract.”