It has long been believed that one of the players who 'betrayed' Jose Mourinho, and one of the major contributors to the toxic atmosphere that has caused Chelsea's baffling failure to launch this season, was Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The main reason for this theory is fairly straightforward, as Cesc's performances on the pitch have dropped in standard noticeably, but it seems that all is well between Fabregas and his former boss judging by the tweet that he sent upon hearing the news:
Thank you for all you have done for me. I owe you a lot and we will all miss you. Good luck in the future. pic.twitter.com/RQlOTFrtzU
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) December 17, 2015
Or is that just what he wants us to think?
That certainly seems to be the opinion of Off The Ball's Colm Parkinson anyway:
— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) December 17, 2015
The Chelsea fans, however, did not see the clever aspect of that tweet and instead seem to have been very upset by it, resulting in a lot of hateful posts taking up Cesc's notifications:
@cesc4official ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
— Chelsea Alerts (@ChelseaAlerts) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official Fuck You traitor
— joseTheHero (@nazhanCfc) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official Dude,please leave my club.
— Tolerant Gaddu!! (@Gaddadaari) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official FUCKING SNAKE OGGG
— J BavSlim (@Majin_Arb) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official You're the reason he was sacked, alongside Hazard, Terry, Ivanovic.
— Beato (@natsucule) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official are you serious? You wanted him out,now you are thanking him. What a joke ! Prove me wrong. ✌
— Mr Fabrice Poulet (@Fabricepoulet) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official snaking snake snake
— Duckford AFC (@duckford10) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official undercover job complete Cesc. Come home now.
— Alex (@Alex_is_Sanchez) December 17, 2015
@cesc4official You're a massive part of the reason he's gone! Rather than thank him, you should be apologising to him!
— Ryan Cunningham (@Ryceezy) December 17, 2015
We should point out that there is no evidence, or even indication from the Chelsea camp that Fabregas is the reason behind Mourinho's departure, this is simply the opinion of some clearly pissed off fans.