David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas remained locked in a contract battle with Chelsea, according to the Sun.
The pair, both 31, want to stay at the club, but both have deals that run out this summer. Chelsea long have a policy of only adding one year on to the deals of players over 30, but both are pushing for a relaxation of that rule.
Speaking in his press conference this week, Maurizio Sarri confirmed that he wanted to keep both of them around, and that should come as no surprise. Despite their advancing years, David Luiz has become his number one centre-back to partner Antonio Rudiger, and Cesc Fabregas has established himself as Jorginho’s primary backup, not playing a huge amount but playing a role that few others can.
Chelsea fans aren’t quite as enthused, as they’d prefer to see younger, more exciting stars come in.
But in cases like this you have to trust your manager, and if he wants to keep them, you’ve got to trust he knows he can keep them performing at a high level.