Cesc Fabregas has revealed that former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira jokingly referred to him as the ‘kid’ that forced him out of the club when they met up recently.
The French midfielder left north London in 2005 for Juventus, with Fabregas – then just a teenager – taking over from Vieira in the heart of midfield and even becoming the club’s youngest ever captain.
Fabregas left Chelsea for Monaco in January and faced off against Vieira’s Nice earlier this season, and the 42-year-old couldn’t resist making a joke about his departure form Arsenal.
‘I saw Patrick Vieira when we played against Nice with Monaco and it was very funny,’ Fabregas told Nice-Matin.
‘I met him in the locker room, before the match, and he was with the president of Nice and he said to him while looking at me: “President, this is the kid who forced me to leave Arsenal”.’
Monaco were mired in a relegation fight under axed boss Thierry Henry when Fabregas moved to the south of France.
However, since Leonardo Jardim returned to the dugout the team’s form has improved enormously, moving up to 16th in the table after a seven game unbeaten run, and Fabregas says he was sure he would rise to the challenge of a relegation dog fight.
‘I am a competitor first and foremost, I will be able to say at the end of my career that I have experienced all the situations in a club, the top and the fight.
‘I was sat at leading London and the Premier League, it represents 10 years of my life, but also very excited to discover a new challenge, probably the hardest of my career. I have never been afraid of challenges.’