Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has made a somewhat surprising choice when asked to name the best midfielder he has ever played alongside, telling Football Daily that it would be a choice between Arsenal man Mathieu Flamini and ex-Gunner Gilberto Silva, as quoted by the Metro.
Fabregas has played alongside some of the very best midfielders of recent years during his time at the Gunners, Barcelona, and now the Blues.
During his time at the Nou Camp he was a teammate of such stars of the game as World Cup-winning trio Andres Iniesta, Xavi, and Sergio Busquets, and he currently finds himself alongside the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian at Stamford Bridge.
However, he chose two of his former Arsenal teammates as the leading candidates for the honour, but even then he chose to ignore the more obvious stars such as his former captain Patrick Vieira and Gunners hero Robert Pires.
No, instead he named current Emirates veteran Flamini and ex-midfield enforcer Gilberto Silva as the best players he has lined up with in midfield throughout his illustrious career.
"If I say Iniesta or Xavi – yeah it’s fantastic for the eyes but in real football it’s not real for me. But if I had to choose one it would have to be between Gilberto Silva and Flamini."
Fabregas scored 59 goals in 305 games across eight years at Arsenal, where he developed from a teenage talent into a world star before moving to Barca in 2011.
Following three years in Spain he returned to England with Chelsea in 2014 and won the Premier League title last season, but he has been one of a host of players to suffer a dip in form in a disappointing follow-up campaign, although he has still scored five goals in 44 appearances.