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Fabregas Part Of Conte’s Plans, But Interest From Italy Is Intensifying [Report]

LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Cesc Fabregas of Spain faces the media during a press conference at Complexe Sportif Marcel Gaillard on June 18, 2016 in La Rochelle, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a move to Serie A, with a trio of Italian clubs reportedly interested in bringing the Spanish international to Serie A in the January transfer window.

Reports earlier this week in the Sun suggested that with Fabregas set to spend a lot of this season on the Chelsea bench following the summer addition of N’Golo Kante, AC Milan are in discussions with Chelsea about bringing the 29-year-old, who’s been capped 105 times, to Italy. However, the discussions could be derailed due to the Italian club recently undergoing a takeover by a Chinese-led consortium, which may not be completed until December.

And now it also appears AC Milan will have some competition in the battle to sign Fabregas, with arch rivals Inter Milan and reigning Serie A champions Juventus reportedly interested in taking the Spanish playmaker on loan for the second half of the season, according to Saturday’s Mirror.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea looks on from the sidelines during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Fabregas was linked with a move away from the London club during the summer after he was an unused substitution in the opening fixture of the season against West Ham United, with new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte favouring new signing Kante and Nemanja Matic in his Chelsea midfield.

The former Arsenal captain caused controversy in 2014 when he joined the Pensioners in a £30 million move from Barcelona.

Fabregas excelled in his first season with the club, helping Chelsea secure their fourth Premier League title as well as the League Cup.

However, both his and Chelsea’s form dipped last season, and this term thus far has been one of frustration for the ex-Barca man having made only four substitute appearances so far.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea looks on from the sidelines with Dimitri Payet of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Despite only featuring four times for Chelsea this season, Conte was quick to rule out Fabregas departing Stamford Bridge anytime soon.

The Chelsea manager is quoted in The Guardian as saying:

“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. Cesc is a great player. We all know Cesc, a great technical player. Now I’m starting to get to know him as a man – a great personality.”

Despite Conte revealing he is keen to hold on to the World Cup winner, with midfield duo Kante and Matic impressing in the deep-lying midfield roles in the boss’s new-look 4-2-4 formation, Fabregas may be tempted to depart Stamford Bridge this January in search of regular first team action.

Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena

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