Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been reflecting on working with Luis Aragones and Tito Vilanova.
The 27-year-old worked with Aragones at the Spain national team and with Vilanova at Barcelona. While Aragones passed away in February of this year, Vilanova dies in April.
Fabregas has admitted that he misses both of them and remembers the duo fondly.
‘I would like to be able to spend an entire day alongside Tito Vilanova and Luis Aragones once again’, the former Arsenal captain told the Champions Magazine when asked who he would like to spend an entire day with.
‘It is those things you sometimes miss, memories. I learnt a lot from them. I had some incredible moments with Tito when I was a boy, then he gave me many opportunities and taught me a lot when I was at Barcelona, especially when I was going through a tough period at the end of my first season back.
‘As for Luis Aragones, he really believed in me. He gave me some incredible opportunities which I never could have imagined. They are two people I miss’.
Aragones and Vilanova have gone into Spanish footballing folklore. While the former led Spain to Euro 2008 triumph and Atletico Madrid to La Liga success in 1977, the latter won the Spanish league title with Barcelona in 2013.
Fabregas is a world-class midfielder now, but it was Aragones and Vilanova who helped shape him into the player he has become.
It is really touching to see Fabregas remember the duo fondly and speak so highly of them.