'I'm no rat' says Fabregas as he posts thanks to Jose Mourinho
Published 21/12/2015 | 02:30
Jose Mourinho does not believe that Cesc Fabregas was one of the Chelsea players who had stopped playing for him, and the midfielder is determined to win over those Stamford Bridge supporters who have been critical of him.
Fabregas has been blamed by a small section of Chelsea fans and critics for Mourinho's sacking and the club's disastrous season.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona player was booed, along with striker Diego Costa, by a section of Chelsea fans when he was substituted in the victory over Sunderland.
A banner was also displayed accusing them, and Eden Hazard, of being "rats".
However, Mourinho thought Fabregas was one of his strongest allies in the Chelsea dressing room and he spoke personally with him twice in the hours before and after his sacking. The pair have also exchanged numerous text messages.
Mourinho held talks with Fabregas before his sacking, in which he told the Spaniard he was planning to rely heavily on him in the fight to save his job.
Despite being upset at being left on the substitutes' bench at times this season, Fabregas remained loyal to Mourinho and had hoped the manager would remain in his post.
Mourinho and Fabregas have shared a close relationship since the Portuguese, 52, missed his son's final game of the season to persuade the former Arsenal player to move to Chelsea in the summer of 2014.
Former Chelsea player Pat Nevin had suggested on radio that Fabregas could have been the player accused of preferring to lose than play for Mourinho, but yesterday the Scotsman tweeted: "NB Cfc fans. The story re Cesc is wrong! He was NOT the player saying he wouldn't play for JM. What I said on R4 was misconstrued totally."
Of the three men accused of being "rats" on one banner, Fabregas was the only player to make his feelings towards Mourinho public in the immediate aftermath of his sacking, writing on Instagram: "Thank you for all you have done for me. I owe you a lot and we will all miss you. Good luck in the future and I know you will be back soon."
Other players texted Mourinho messages of goodwill, including Hazard. Fabregas, who signed a five-year deal, sees his long-term future at Chelsea, despite Mourinho's exit and being booed on Saturday.
He believes that he can prove his commitment under interim manager Guus Hiddink, who will take full Chelsea training for the first time today. Fabregas is also confident that he retains the support of most Chelsea fans.