Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said that the players led to the downfall of Jose Mourinho because the former Chelsea manager afforded his ex-players too much freedom.

A number of Chelsea players, including Fabregas, were blamed for the sacking of Mourinho – but Fabregas insisted that these reports were wrong and that he keeps in contact with the Portuguese.

Speaking on Sky Sports he said:

“A lot has been said, and many wrong things about that situation.

“I love Jose and consider him even my friend, we still keep in touch now and some of the things said were unfortunate.

“I think his biggest problem was that he trusted us too much. He gave us more holiday because we were champions, he believed in us more, trusted us more, and we let him down. The whole team, all the players.

“That was the main reason why at the end he had to go. And for that, myself and all the team, will feel bad for him.”