Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has issued a lawsuit against BBC pundit and former Blues player Pat Nevin for libel and defamation of character.

Fabregas has suffered a devastating dip in form this season after helping the Chelsea to a domestic double in his debut season in the Barclays Premier League but he remained in the stuttering Blues side until Jose Mourinho’s last two games in charge.

Fabregas has now decided to take a legal action against Nevin who said on BBC Radio Four’s flagship Today programme last week that there is a player at Stamford Bridge who will ‘rather lose than win’ for Jose Mourinho prior to the sacking of the Portuguese.

He has authorised lawyers to send legal letters alleging defamation to Nevin and the incident follows Today sports presenter Garry Richardson saying on his Sportsweek radio show in November that a senior Chelsea player didn’t care about results under Mourinho.

Richardson brought up the ‘rather lose than win’ comment with Nevin, who said: “Yeah, that was Cesc Fabregas, wasn’t it?”.

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