Cesc Fabregas has named Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as the best managers he has ever worked under – leaving former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola out in the cold.
The Spaniard started his professional career under Wenger at Arsenal, making 303 appearances for the Gunners after making his debut at the tender age of 16 in 2003.
Eight years later, though, Guardiola and European champions Barca came calling, with Fabregas leaving north London to play alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.
Yet despite getting his hands on the Spanish title in his second season at the Nou Camp, the midfielder was often deployed in an unfamiliar false-nine role by Guardiola – which failed to play to his strengths.
Fabregas named Arsene Wenger as one of his best coaches, having been given his professional debut by the Frenchman at Arsenal
He would spend three years at Barca before Jose Mourinho, Wenger’s old adversary, secured a shock deal to bring him to Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea in 2014.
It was at Stamford Bridge where Fabregas would finally get his hands on the Premier League title – twice.
He first inspired the Blues to glory in his debut season under Mourinho, along with the help of fellow new recruit and goal machine Diego Costa.
He also managed to include former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
And two years later he added another winners’ medal to his collection when Antonio Conte replaced Mourinho and romped home to success.
Fabregas’ Chelsea career came to an end in January last year after falling down the pecking order under Maurizio Sarri, leaving to join French outfit Monaco – where he remains today.
The World Cup winner has worked with some of the top coaches in world football, meaning he had plenty to choose from when asked about the best he’s ever played under during an Instagram live video with former Blues defender…