It’s not everyday you see a manager saying Fabregas isn’t the player they are looking for, but that’s exactly what Vincenzo Montella has told Corriere della Sera about the Spaniard.

Pushed to one side by Antonio Conte, which has led to him being dropped from the Spain squad altogether by Julen Lopetegui, the 29-year-old midfielder is living through a difficult spell at Chelsea.

This, in turn, has led to talk of an exit in January, with AC Milan a possible destination, especially since the serious injury suffered by Riccardo Montolivo.

Expected to return in April following a cruciate ligament rupture, the 31-year-old defensive midfielder sorely needs replacing at the San Siro, but Fabregas isn’t that man.

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Montella explained about his January needs: “We could use a player with Montolivo’s qualities, someone who can also play in a midfield two. Fabregas? He doesn’t exactly have those qualities.”

So that will be a hard pass from AC Milan on the former Arsenal midfielder then.

Since the start of the season, Fabregas has played 297 minutes of football, most of which have come in the EFL Cup, where he scored two goals to ensure a win over Leicester in extra-time.

Reaching the peak of his career, the Spain international will certainly be looking for more game time at some stage, but he won’t be getting that in Milan.