Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted his desire to add to the FA Cup winners medal he picked up in 2005 with Arsenal when his current club face Jose Mourinho’s Man United later today at Wembley.
The Spain international was just 18 when he was part of the a Gunners side that featured Premier League legends like Patrick Vieira and Thierry, who overcame Sir Alex Ferguson’s United in a penalty shoot out.
Fabregas has won pretty much every major honour at both club and international in a stellar career, although he does hold a special feeling towards the world’s oldest cup competition the FA Cup.
“Everyone talks about the Champions League, the World Cup, the Euros, but I think if you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is always very special,” he said.
“It is not easy to get into FA Cup finals. We have to value that, we have to appreciate that, go into Saturday knowing that if we win, we are winning a special trophy.
“I remember kicking Roy Keane in a good one-on-one,” said Fabregas, who was a second-half substitute as the Blues lost last year’s final to Arsenal, of his FA Cup final memories.
“I won that one so I was happy. Then I remember when Patrick (Vieira) scored the winner.
“I think it was his last kick as well for Arsenal (before joining Juventus). It was a nice moment. Good celebrations.”
Fabregas then went to reveal that he has an added motivation to emerge victorious from Wembley today, as he has actually lost that winners medal he picked up in 2005.
“My dad used to keep them and once I grew up, one day I said, ‘Listen, where are all my medals and stuff?’
“He nearly lost the World Cup one even. It was in my mum’s house in a box. I have nearly all of them but I’ve lost two or three.
“This FA Cup one, I cannot find it.”