Cesc Fabregas has thanked both Pat Nevin and the BBC for correcting the claim that he was the man who had anonymously told a reporter that he would "rather win than lose for Jose Mourinho".
The claim was originally made on BBC Radio 4's Today's programme, but the reporter in question had chosen to keep the player's identity a secret. Nevin had then asked if it was Fabregas, to which the reporter replied: "No comment."
It led to a barrage of stories about Fabregas being the one player leading a revolt against Mourinho, who has since lost his position at Stamford Bridge. However, Nevin came out earlier this week and apologised for the misunderstanding, stating that the player in question was definitely not Fabregas.
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Nevin said: "When a story appeared in one of the newspapers this Saturday it was reported as if I was deliberately outing Cesc.
"At this point I then decided to get all CSI about it and called the original Radio 4 reporter and he obligingly told me that whatever was said or intimated in the press six weeks ago after his story was first aired, it definitively was NOT Cesc Fabregas who was the culprit!"
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While Mourinho will find little solace in the news, Fabregas has come out and thanked Nevin for retracting the earlier insinuation and reiterated that he has – or had – a fantastic relationship with the Special One.
Writing on Instagram, he said: "I'm pleased that Pat Nevin and the BBC have now apologised and corrected their comments. I can reiterate that I had an exceptionally good relationship with Jose Mourinho as I will aim to have with any coach that I play for.
"The football club is more important than any one player. We have all let the manager and club down this year as a collective unit. We will get this right of that I am sure. With all your help we can put this period behind us and make @chelseafc great again."
A reputation to rebuild
But despite being cleared of any "betrayal", Fabregas has plenty of work to do to get the Chelsea fans back on side. Along with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Fabregas was subjected to boos from fans during Saturday's game against Sunderland.
Despite the poor results, Mourinho had retained the support of most Chelsea followers with many believe Fabregas and Co. should be the ones to bite the bullet for their uninspiring performances.
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