Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez has described his former teammate Cesc Fabregas a ‘great player’ and is happy for his success at Chelsea.
Pedro and his Spanish compatriot played together at Barca for three years between 2011 and 2014, before the latter was let go in the summer.
Fabregas was signed by Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer of 2011 after years of speculation. During his time at the North London club, the 27-year-old had established himself as a world-class midfielder and one of the best on the planet.
However, things did not quite work out for the Spain international at his boyhood club Barcelona, where he was often jeered by the fans.
Perceived as a long-term replacement for the ageing Xavi, Fabregas’s play was often overly scrutinised, and in the summer transfer window Barcelona sold him to Chelsea for a reported fee of £27 million.
Pedro has now said that Fabregas was unfairly criticised in Spain and is quoted by 101greatgoals.com as saying: ‘Fabregas is a player that stands out as being appreciated in the Premier League for what he is: a very great player and one of the best in the world playing in his position.
‘There was too much criticism toward him here, which in my opinion was not fair. But this is what happens when you play in the teams we play in. But I’m happy for him because you can tell he is enjoying his football now’.
Fabregas did win La Liga and the Copa del Rey during his three years at Barcelona, but due to the presence of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and a certain Lionel Messi, he could not play his usual game.
The former Arsenal star’s performances in the 2013-14 campaign came in for criticisms despite his important goals, but at Chelsea so far he has been a star.
Despite not yet scoring in the Premier League, Fabregas has played a key role in Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the campaign and their march to the top of the league table.
The 27-year-old has provided seven assists in as many appearances, while creating 22 chances for his teammates. Fabregas has a 90% shot accuracy rate and has been arguably the best midfielder in the English top flight so far this season.