Fabregas is a product of Arsenal academy and made his debut as a 16-year-old in 2003.
The Spain international engaged in several intense battles with Terry’s Chelsea after establishing himself at Arsenal.
Fabregas signed for Chelsea in 2014 from Barcelona and play alongside Terry, and it was only then that his opinion on the centre-back changed.
Fabregas told Sky Sports, “He is the type of player that I had many battles with. “I disliked him very much at some point playing for Arsenal, we had a lot of confrontations, but one thing I always had for him was respect.”
After 19 seasons, Terry left Chelsea this summer for Aston Villa having made a total of 717 appearances in all competitions.
Fabregas added, “I think it was maybe the most difficult season for him [last season], for a lot of reasons.
“He showed to be before a great man and then a great player. He showed he will always be a great captain for this team and I have to tell him a big, big, big thanks.”