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Fabregas WILL receive Europa League winners’ medal despite watching ex-Chelsea team-mates as pundit

Cesc Fabregas will be sent a Europa League winners’ medal after watching his former Chelsea team-mates lift the trophy from the BT Sport punditry box in Baku.

The midfielder, who was working as an analyst for BT on Wednesday, featured throughout the group stage for the west London club before moving to Monaco in January.

After watching them beat Arsenal 4-1, Fabregas was offered the chance to join Chelsea’s players on the pitch but declined the invite to continue his television duties.

Cesc Fabregas will receive a Europa League winners' medal despite leaving Chelsea in January

Cesc Fabregas will receive a Europa League winners’ medal despite leaving Chelsea in January

The likeable Spaniard later got his hands on the trophy once off air and will be sent a medal. Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green is not set to receive one, however.

Green, 39 years old and yet to make an appearance since signing as the club’s third-choice shot-stopper in July 2018, raised eyebrows during Wednesday’s post-match celebrations.

While Chelsea’s players lined up to collect their medals, Green was spotted walking round the back of the podium because he was not due to be given one.

Working as a TV pundit, Fabregas (far right) opted against lifting the trophy on the Baku pitch

Working as a TV pundit, Fabregas (far right) opted against lifting the trophy on the Baku pitch

He then walked directly on to the stage and was one of the first to lift the trophy.

The celebrations appeared tongue-in-cheek, though his decision to wear a full kit despite not even being named on the bench brought back memories of John Terry.

Terry was ridiculed in 2012 for kitting up to lift the Champions League trophy, despite the club captain not facing Bayern Munich in the final due to suspension.

Danny Drinkwater, who could not even make Chelsea’s squad despite them leaving a spot unused on their substitutes’ bench, is also not set to receive a medal. 

Drinkwater, paid around £100,000 per week, has not appeared since August’s Community Shield. It remains to be seen if manager Maurizio Sarri’s likely departure for Juventus can see him resurrect his career. The 29-year-old is contracted to Chelsea until 2022. 

Third-choice goalkeeper Robert Green, who lifted the trophy in full kit, is not set to get a medal

Third-choice goalkeeper Robert Green, who lifted the trophy in full kit, is not set to get a medal

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7088667/Fabregas-receive-Europa-League-winners-medal-despite-watching-ex-Chelsea-team-mates-pundit.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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