Fabregas replacement a must - Sarri
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says it is crucial Cesc Fabregas is replaced as the midfielder's January exit moves nearer.
Spain international Fabregas was given a standing ovation in Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup third-round victory at home to Nottingham Forest when he was substituted in the 85th minute.
The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Monaco, where he would link up with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, and a deal is expected to be completed over the coming days.
Sarri believes it is best Fabregas leaves Stamford Bridge this month although the manager stressed the need to replace the midfielder.
"In my opinion, he needs to go," he said. "You know very well the situation. You know very well in this club there is a rule: the renewal of players over 30 is usually one year.
"He has an offer for two years. I don't want a very important player as Cesc unhappy. If Cesc will go, of course we need a replacement."
Sarri also spoke about Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is a firm target of Bayern Munich's, and the Italian tactician has urged the youngster to remain in the Premier League.
"For me, he's a very important player. I think to stay here is better for him. He's an English player," he added. "He's very young. He has a very great future here, in England, with the national team and with Chelsea.
"We have very important players in the same position. (But) I think now he is ready. Sometimes he will be on the bench, as Willian, as Pedro. Now I can start to consider him at the same level (as Willian and Pedro)."
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