Cesc Fabregas was signed by Barcelona as a long-term replacement for Xavi, but he was let go in the summer transfer window.
The Spanish giants were apparently not satisfied with his performances over the past three years, and new coach Luis Enrique deemed him surplus to requirements.
Barcelona signed Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla as Fabregas’s replacement and to fill Xavi’s role in the team.
And the Croatia international midfielder has been a success so far this season. In seven La Liga appearances for Barcelona, the 26-year-old has scored two goals, created seven chances and has a 91% pass accuracy.
Rakitic has been a key figure in Barcelona heading into two-week international break as La Liga leaders with 19 points from seven matches.
But is Fabregas worried that comparisons will be made between him and Rakitic, and that they will be against him?
‘I don't know if they like him more than me’, the Spain international midfielder told Radio Marca. ‘He is a great player. I'm not worried about being compared to him. Barça is a very demanding club’.
Fabregas indeed need not be worried about the comparison because he has started his Chelsea career in sensational fashion.
The 27-year-old has been arguably the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season, creating 22 chances and having 90% pass accuracy.
Just like Barcelona in Spain, Chelsea are currently at the top of the league table in England – and Fabregas has been key to that.