£33m Chelsea star controversy gives extra point to prove, and tougher task

Cesc Fabregas was criticised amid Spain's World Cup exit, so could the midfielder have an extra point to prove at Chelsea next season?

Spain's World Cup panned out in disastrous circumstances as the reigning champions exited in the group stage, and predictably the press are looking for scapegoats.

Striker Diego Costa has already been lambasted as a 'failed experiment' and Iker Casillas taken his fair share of stick, but by and large those responsible for three tournament wins over the past decade have escaped severe criticism.

One player who has taken his share of stick however is Cesc Fabregas, who quit Barcelona on the eve of the tournament to sign a £33 million deal with Chelsea.

He was pictured rowing in training with Vicente del Bosque ahead of the Australia game, the dead rubber in which he was afforded only 21 minutes as a substitute.

After the tournament he was one of three players, along with Gerard Pique and Diego Costa who did not fly back with the Spain squad, remaining in Brazil as part of their own personal plans.

A possible disconnect with the rest of the squad? Perhaps, if reports in Spanish newspaper Marca are anything to go by which criticise Fabregas and Pique, describing the duo as 'leaving the World Cup under a cloud'.

Pique was accused himself of not putting enough effort in to recover fitness ahead of the Australia game, while Fabregas' war of words with Del Bosque they wrote was 'symptomatic of his discontent', not starting a single game.

Whether over-blown, or a genuine problem, at this critical time of transition, Fabregas has a chance to become a real leader in the Spain side of the future with several top stars like Xavi Alonso and Xavi considering their international future, with David Villa already announcing his retirement from international football.

This means amid his move to the Premier League, away from the spotlight of the Spanish media, Fabregas has an even bigger job on his hands to seize the potential opening in the La Roja midfield.

This could in turn be even better news for Chelsea, who will see a star come in with extra motivation and added point to prove, to firstly show he was wrong to be overlooked in Brazil, and to demand with his performances that he be the creative force of the Spanish midfield going forward.

Repairing his relationship with Del Bosque will be part of this, but if his performances reach exceptional level at Stamford Bridge, there will be no way he will be omitted, and will hope for greater prominence and return to success at Euro 2016.

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