“Victor Moses has today joined Fenerbahce on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season,” a Chelsea statement said. “We wish Victor, a popular member of the squad, all the best on his loan deal in Turkey.”
Moses moved to Chelsea from Wigan in August 2012 but had loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham before finally establishing himself in the team.
Moses was converted from a winger to wing-back by Sarri’s predecessor Antonio Conte, playing a key role in the 2016-17 Premier League title triumph and 2018 FA Cup success.
He signed a contract extension in March 2017 to commit himself to Chelsea until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Arch Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray on Sunday both claimed to be the aggrieved party after a fractious derby ended in nine cards and a mass brawl extraordinary even by the combustible standards of Turkish football.
Referee Firat Aydinus had already handed out five yellow cards when he blew the whistle on the critical match with the result 2-2 at Galatasaray’s stadium on Friday night.
The players then approached the centre circle to shake hands but rather than greeting each other a mass brawl erupted with officials from both sides and substitutes rushing onto the pitch to get involved.
After the fight, the referee sent off three players and handed out another yellow card.
But there was no sign of contrition from either side after the confrontation, which only served to confirm the harshest stereotypes about the volatile nature of Turkish football.
Galatasaray issued a statement slamming the referee, saying that “some referees have a habit of making mistakes concerning the same team” and warning against “referees who provoke with their actions”.
Fenerbahce meanwhile outlined five instances, complete with video evidence, where it said it had been the victim.
It called on the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), whose disciplinary committee is now expected to announce harsh sanctions for both clubs, “to look at every club and player as equal and not privilege anyone.”
The game was of critical importance for both sides.
Fenerbahce are looking to resurrect their season after a dire start that saw them sack Dutch coach Phillip Cocu and languish just above the relegation zone in 15th.
Galatasaray are in second but four points behind leaders Basaksehir of Istanbul.
Manchester United remained in control of their Europa League destiny with one group game to play as Wayne Rooney made history in a dominant 4-0 win over Feyenoord at Old Trafford.
The captain, returning to the starting line-up, became United’s all-time leading scorer in Europe on 39 goals with a composed finish to give the Reds a deserved 1-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, Juan Mata slid home his fifth goal of the season to double the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid on the third strike of the night as his cross was diverted into his own net by Feyenoord’s goalkeeper Brad Jones.
Substitute Jesse Lingard capped off a stunning move with a curling shot in stoppage time, as Jose Mourinho’s men ran out comfortable winners following a fine all-round display.
It means the Reds, who can still top the group, will book a place in the last 32 of the competition with a point away to Zorya Luhansk in the final Group A match on December 8.
Mourinho named a strong team despite making six changes from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal as Henrikh Mkhitaryan made only his second United start and Sergio Romero replaced the rested David De Gea in goal.
After Fenerbahce’s 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk earlier in the evening, United kicked off knowing that a defeat would lead to elimination from this season’s competition while a win would almost be enough to go through.