It is not every day that big names ply their trade in the lower divisions in football leagues across Europe, but former Spanish international midfielder Cesc Fàbregas has done just that after agreeing to a two-year contract with Serie B outfit Como 1907.
The Lombardy-based club were recent champions of Serie C Group A in 2020-21, and finished comfortably above the drop zone last season, but could look to the 35-year-old Fàbregas to help them climb the table this season after club CEO and former Chelsea icon Dennis Wise will be no doubt thrilled with the shock arrival of the fellow former Blues star.
But for Fàbregas, a player who was at the pinnacle of football on the continent in a career set to eclipse the 20-year mark, the last stop on his journey with the beautiful game is not set to end with Como.
In quotes provided by The Sun, Fàbregas has ambitions of managing in the Premier League once the next chapter of his career takes off on the touchline in a move akin to fellow former La Masia attendees Pep Guardiola and Xavi.
“When I become a coach, as I have said, the Premier League has been my league, it is where I played my best football, my best years, where people respect me so much.”
“I feel really loved in England and, in the future, I would love [to coach there], why not? I’d love to [be a Premier League manager], 100 percent. If I can look at a target in some years to come, then definitely, this is in my head.”
When reflecting on the fact that he had already received offers to dip his toes into coaching, Fàbregas confirmed that he was not at the stage in his career where he was ready to swap training kits for a suit and tie.
“I did [receive offers], I’m very grateful for the people that have approached me in the last couple of months. I had two offers to join clubs’ coaching staff. It’s something tempting but it is not something I want to do right now.”
“I want to keep playing a little bit. My main focus now is playing and to do well on the pitch. First thing’s first, take one step at a time. I’m here to do well for Como, it’s a beautiful project and let’s see where we go from there.”
Once Fàbregas is ready to take the road even fewer have traveled in the footballing world, a similar trajectory may be undertaken as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta who learned his trade under Pep Guardiola as an assistant coach on the Spanish tactician’s staff at Manchester City.
But despite first rising to prominence at Arsenal under Arsène Wenger when a then bright-eyed and mullet-donning Spanish youngster broke into the Gunners’ first team to become one of the best young players in the world before eventually moving on to Barcelona and then to hated rivals Chelsea as well as AS Monaco, the Arenys del Mar native maintains a real admiration for the Blues in what could be a potential long-term target for management,
“The thing about Chelsea is that they are obliged to win, you know at least to be competing always because I was there for five years and the mentality and the mindset there is to win, to win and to win and that’s what I loved about the place.”
“Whether they are playing so well or maybe not so well, whether they’re up or down, they are always there at the end of the day and you know, that always makes me happy for sure.”
Arsenal fans will hardly be thrilled with Fàbregas’ comments considering his relationship and career with the north London giants, while many still feel aggrieved at the nature of his departure in 2011 before coming back to the Premier League but to the wrong side of the Thames.
Still, the notion that another Spanish footballing prodigy could find his feet along the touchline down the road is certainly something to look forward to.