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Fabregas doesn't have right 'characteristics' to replace AC Milan captain

ANI  |  Johannesburg [South Africa] 

Downplaying speculations surrounding Chelsea midfielder Fabregas' potential move to AC Milan, manager Vincenzo Montella has said that the Spanish international doesn't have the right 'characteristics' needed to replace injured captain Riccardo Montolivo.

The 29-year has been linked with a January move to Milan after there were reports that Chelsea turned down a formal offer for Fabregas' services.

However, Montella has made it clear that they are only looking for a direct replacement of Montolivo, who is out for six months with a knee ligament injury.

"We're looking for a player who has the characteristics that Montolivo has, who can also operate in a defensive-midfield two. Fabregas? He doesn't have those characteristics," Montella was quoted as saying by Sport24.

The former Barcelona player is yet to force his way into Chelsea's first-team this season after making just one League appearance in the heavy defeat to former club Arsenal.

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First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 15:22 IST