Manager provides Chelsea transfer update on Cesc Fabregas and Oscar
The Chelsea manager discusses the future of Cesc Fabregas and Oscar at Stamford Bridge ahead of the January transfer window
Antonio Conte has ruled out Cesc Fabregas and Oscar leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window.
The Spanish midfielder has started one Premier League game in the 2016-17 season since Conte’s appointment as Guus Hiddink’s permanent successor in the summer.
Fabregas, who was signed in a £27m deal from Barcelona in 2014, lasted 55 minutes of Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to his former club Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in September.
The World Cup winner, who has made three appearances from the bench this term, has featured for the west London side since that defeat by their title rivals almost two months ago.
Oscar, meanwhile, has made seven Premier League appearances this term but hasn’t started a game since a 2-1 loss to title rivals Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in mid September.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Friday afternoon ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday, Conte delivered a verdict on the future of Fabregas and Oscar at Stamford Bridge.
“Oscar’s future is Chelsea. Chelsea, full stop. For me, Oscar is an important player in the squad,” said Conte at his news conference.
“He’s in good form. It’s logical I have to take the starting XI every week, but Oscar is a great player. For me, he stays at Chelsea.
“It’s important that this message arrives for all. But Oscar will stay with us because I consider him an important player for Chelsea.
“Fabregas? Yes. Now he is in good shape. He’s available for Sunday, for sure. The same speech as for Oscar. I anticipate this question…”
Chelsea head into the Premier League weekend in second place and a point adrift of leaders Liverpool.