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Cesc Fabregas has revealed one of the biggest reasons he left Chelsea was the fact Jorginho kept him out of the team.

The Spanish midfielder joined Monaco in January 2019, ending his five-year stay at Stamford Bridge, as he was surplus to requirements under boss Maurizio Sarri.

The 34-year-old made just six Premier League appearances, with one start, that season as the Italian boss opted for a three-man midfield with Jorginho being the focal point.

And Fabregas revealed his former teammate's success was the main reason he had to say goodbye to the Blues as he looked for regular first-team football.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder praised Jorginho ahead of Italy's 3-0 win over Turkey in their Euro 2020 opener as the midfielder would go on to put in an impressive performance during the victory.

Cesc Fabregas has opened up on his Chelsea exit
(Image: BBC One)

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He said on BBC One: “One of the biggest reasons I left Chelsea is because of him (Jorginho).

"He’s a very smart player, intelligent, a very good passer of the ball. The only thing I can say about him sometimes is he releases the ball too quickly when he can play forward.

"He makes the team tick. At Chelsea, he has N'Golo Kante protecting him all the time, and I know that’s a big thing, I don’t know here how he will cope at a big, big game at the Euros.

"He’s a really good player and tactically, he knows what to do because of the coach’s methodology, it helps him a lot.”

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Pundit Rio Ferdinand reckons Chelsea and Italy have a system that is a perfect fit for Jorginho.

He added: “That’s where he’s helped in this team, Kante helps him at Chelsea but he’s helped more tactically here in terms of the shape, in terms of big spaces protecting the centre-backs – I think he needs that as well in a team like this with slow centre-backs.”

Fabregas also touched on the 'strange' situation with Gareth Bale in Spain with his Real Madrid future up in the air.

The winger has one year left on his deal with the La Liga giants but is keen to part ways with the club.

Bale is rumoured to be contemplating retirement after the Euros following his loan spell with Tottenham.

And Fabregas doesn't understand why the Welsh international has so many critics when he has been a big success at the Bernabeu.

He added: “It’s a strange case with Gareth.

"You never know why, but for me, he’s been so successful – he scored in two Champions League finals, he scored against us (Barcelona) in a cup final, he scored over 100 goals for the club and still people were after him.

"I’m looking at these images right now and I never realised but he seemed so happy.

"It’s not the case there, everyone is accusing him that he loves to play golf, that he doesn’t learn Spanish, which we all agree every time you go to a country, people like to see this effort to accommodate yourself. He’s a fantastic player.”