Cesc Fabregas aims sly dig at Chelsea FC boss Antonio Conte

Cesc Fabregas aims a thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte

Cesc Fabregas
Chelsea FC midfielder Cesc Fabregas Photo: Cesc Fabregas / Instagram

Cesc Fabregas has hinted that he has been feeling more “restricted” in the position he has been played in by Antonio Conte at Chelsea FC recently.

Fabregas helped the west London side to win the Premier League title in Conte’s first campaign at the club, although his playing time was somewhat restricted that season.

The 31-year-old was a more regular fixture in the starting line-up last term, but he still only began 25 of Chelsea FC’s 38 Premier League games.

Fabregas has been deployed in a slightly deeper role by Conte at Chelsea FC in recent seasons, and the Spaniard has admitted that he doesn’t feel that he’s at his best in that position.

Speaking during BBC Sport’s coverage of Belgium’s World Cup clash against Panama, Fabregas said: “Especially for Belgium now, [De Bruyne] plays a little bit deeper,” he said.

“I am not a big fan of this because he is so good and he can deliver so much in the final third that I think here you are taking a bit too much from his game.”

“He has to be too much disciplined, it happened to me over the last two years, you are a bit more restricted in this position.

“It is like you are telling your best creative player to not be creative.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea FC are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to try and build a squad capable of winning the title next season.

It ended up being a disappointing campaign for the Blues last term as they finished in fifth place in the table and missed out on Champions League qualification.

The west London side did end the campaign on a positive note, though, by beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

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