The Premier League has seen the very best of what Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has to offer over the years, whether he was worn the red and white of Arsenal or Chelsea’s dynamic blue.
However, having notched up less than half an hour of Premier League football so far this term, fresh reports emerged at the weekend suggesting that Fabregas could leave Stamford Bridge, on a loan move to AC Milan, once the transfer window re-opens in January.
Blues supporters have previously expressed their shock at the thought of the talented 29-year-old moving at, despite strengthened their squad over the summer months.
Fabregas’ style of play is considered to be different from what Conte usually likes to select on the pitch and it was not known whether he had more than an immediate future at the club as a result.
The Italian, however, has, at long last, commented on the situation and, according to the Guardian, tried to end speculation of a Chelsea exit once and for all.
“Cesc is in my plans and in Chelsea’s plans. We all know Cesc as a fantastic player. I see him in every training session with great work and effort. If he continues in this way, it’ll be very difficult for me not to choose him in my midfield.
“But I want this from a player, putting many doubts in my mind over choosing someone else. We all know Cesc, a great technical player. Now I’m starting to get to know him as a man. A great personality.”
Conte’s thoughts certainly suggest that his opinion of Fabregas – at least off the pitch – has improved since his arrival in London but only time will tell whether or not the midfielder will start to see more action in the coming weeks.