According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, new Chelsea signing Cesc Fabregas was pulled up for a lack of effort in training by Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque.
The former Arsenal star recently competed a £27 million deal to the Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea, as The Blues boss Jose Mourinho took advantage of the Spaniard’s previous situation at the Nou Camp.
In what was meant to be a happy summer for the 27-year-old, it has quickly turned into a nightmare as a result of Spain’s shock World Cup exit after just two games.
Defeats to Holland and Chile condemned the World Cup holders to an early exit, and a number of players in the Spanish set-up have come under fire for a lack of effort all round.
Chelsea’s new midfield playmaker, however, has featured for just 12 minutes in Brazil after coming on as a late substitute during Spain’s embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Holland, and his frustrations reportedly boiled over in training.
During the penultimate session before Spain’s final group game against Australia, Cesc Fabregas was ordered to give up his first-team bib – given to those expected to start against the Aussies - to team-mate Xabi Alonso after Del Bosque deemed the player to be lacking in effort.
Despite reports suggesting that strong words were exchanged between Fabregas and Del Bosque, fellow teammate Raul Albiol played down the situation, saying:
“I didn’t see anything strange. I imagine that Cesc is equally annoyed as the rest of the group for being eliminated early, nothing else.”
Cesc Fabregas is expected to join up with his new Chelsea teammates after the World Cup finishes next month.
The deal to take him to Stamford Bridge has been met with mixed response from Gunners supporters, with a fair number wishing that their former favourite player to returned to the Emirates in an Arsenal shirt.