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

Updated: Oct 13, 2016 14:48 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.13 (ANI): Downplaying speculations surrounding Chelsea midfielder Cesc 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 Premier League appearance in the heavy defeat to former club Arsenal.(ANI)