Signing for Chelsea back in 2014 in a £29.7m move from Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas actually spent five years at Stamford Bridge before heading to AS Monaco in 2019.

He featured 198 times for the Blues in that time, scoring 22 goals and assisting another 57, and will have featured alongside Andreas Christensen more than once.

The Denmark international is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer, and while he could still renew with Chelsea, he has yet to do so and is therefore free to talk to other European clubs about a free transfer in the summer.

One of the interested teams is said to be Barcelona, a team Fabregas knows well, which is why he was asked about the Dane by Jijantes in Spain during a chat.

Relayed by Sport, he said: “He seems like a great player to me and his contract is up. When I arrived at Chelsea, in 2014, he was already training with us from time to time. He was the typical young man who went up, and then you could see the way he read the game, the way he anticipated…

“I always say that, sometimes, he needs to be a little bit more scrappy, right? He’s a very good kid, and sometimes it’s a little bit of what I see in Eric (Garcia), although I don’t know him. And today, in football, if you want to shove without hurting anyone, you have to be a little bit more forceful.”

Despite his contractual situation at Chelsea, Christensen continues to be a trusted member of Thomas Tuchel’s plans in London, with the German using him 26 times in all competitions so far this season.