FORMER Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has issued a hands-off warning to his former employers for Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni.
The Blues are said to have targeted the 21-year-old midfielder, who has enjoyed a breakout season in Ligue 1 this term.
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And in a Q&A session with fans on Twitter, Premier League winner Fabregas talked up his team-mates potential.
However, when one cheeky fan asked: 'Will Tchouameni be a good signing for Chelsea? What are his strengths?' Fabregas was quick to say he hoped he would play alongside Tchouameni for years to come.
Fabregas' replied: "He has the potential to be the complete midfielder. Modern midfield player, but we need him still… sorry,' signed with a winking emoji.
Combative Tchouameni made 42 appearances for Monaco this term, scoring three goals.
The £16million signing, of Cameroonian descent, already has four U21 French caps to his name.
Since joining Monaco in January 2020, the tough-tackler has established himself as a vital cog in his side's engine room, attracting Europe's top clubs.
However, it could take as much as £34million to prise him away from the French Riviera.
Last week, Tchouameni was named Monaco's player of the season ahead of stars including Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland.
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