Pundit warns Antonio Conte: This Chelsea midfielder will leave in the summer

Phil Thompson believes Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will seek a new challenge in the summer transfer window

Cesc Fabregas and his Chelsea team-mates Photo: Cesc Fabregas/Instagram

Phil Thompson has tipped Cesc Fabregas to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The Spain international has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot in Antonio Conte’s first-team in the 2016-17 season.

However, Fabregas has still managed to have a telling impact on Chelsea’s season despite his lack of competitive action.

The 29-year-old has made a number of vital contributions from the bench, while Conte has alternated between Fabregas and Nemanja Matic in his starting line-up.

Fabregas has been linked with a move to Serie A giants AC Milan in recent months as the Chelsea star weighs up his options ahead of the end of the 2016-17 season.

Former Liverpool defender Thompson believes Fabregas will seek a new challenge at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

“I do not think so as he is not getting any younger. He deserves to play every week. I do not think he will do playing in this setup,” Thompson told Sky Sports News HQ.

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Chelsea are looking to win their first Premier League title under their Italian coach Conte.

Fabregas was part of the Blues squad that lifted the top-flight crown in 2014-15 less than 12 months after his move to Chelsea from Barcelona.

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