Cesc Fabregas has excluded Pep Guardiola from the list of the best managers he’s worked with, although the likes of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger made the cut. The Spaniard rose to the limelight at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger after leaving Barcelona’s La Masia as a 16-year-old.
He returned to Barcelona in 2011 in a deal worth £35million. On his return to the Camp Nou under Guardiola, he was offered his preferred no.4 shirt and impressed alongside Lionel Messi, scoring 10 goals and providing 9 assists in the 2011/12 campaign.
Despite his contribution to the side, he became a bit-part player under Guardiola in subsequent seasons before moving to Chelsea in 2014 under the management of Jose Mourinho. He excelled at Chelsea by winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and a League Cup over a five-year period before moving to join Monaco in Ligue 1.
However, when questioned about his former bosses on Instagram, Fabregas tried to avoid the question, saying:
“I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain.”
When pushed by fans for a proper answer, he replied: “Wenger and Mourinho.”
He recently admitted that his move to Chelsea was not what he hoped for as his eyes were on a return to the Emirates.
“My agent Darren Dein spoke to Arsene [Wenger], he didn’t give him an answer to be honest, then we had to wait one full week to see if Arsenal responded,” Fabregas told the Arsecast podcast.
“Definitely this was my first option, in my mind I’m telling everyone I’m going to Arsenal, this is what I want.
“Arsene, [Ivan] Gazidis and everyone basically didn’t say anything for a week. I didn’t want to be a beggar.
“We told them once, they know the situation, if in one week they hadn’t said anything… straightaway I knew that probably they didn’t want me back.”