Cesc Fabregas sends message to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Cesc Fabregas insists he understands why Antonio Conte struggled to give the Chelsea star a lot of first-team football last term

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Cesc Fabregas in Chelsea training Photo: Cesc Fabregas / Instagram

Cesc Fabregas says that he understands why Antonio Conte was unable to give the Chelsea midfielder a lot of first-team football last season.

The 30-year-old midfielder’s future was something of a source of speculation towards the end of last season after he struggled to hold down a regular playing spot at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, Fabregas only made 13 Premier League starts for the Blues but still impressed whenever called upon, scoring five goals and making 12 assists in the top flight.

Chelsea have also signed midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco this summer to increase the competition for places at Stamford Bridge ahead of Conte’s second season in charge.

However, Fabregas doesn’t hold any grudges about a lack of first-team football last season as the Spanish star gears up for his second Premier League campaign under Conte.

Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Fabregas said:

“Last season, because of the schedule, with no Champions League and the fact we went out early in the League Cup, we were fit for most of the season and had most of the midweeks off,” Fabregas told Chelsea’s website.

“The manager didn’t have to make a lot of changes and I paid for it, Michy paid for it and Willian paid for it. We just had to keep working and wait for our chance which is what we all did.”

Fabregas signed for Chelsea back in 2014 and helped the Blues win the Premier League and League Cup under Jose Mourinho in his first season at the club.

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