Fabregas makes dramatic U-turn over Chelsea future

Date published: Saturday 25th February 2017 3:07

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed he has no plans to leave and “100 per cent” sees himself at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Spain’s stars future has been under the microscope after falling out of favour with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and there were suggestions Fabregas was looking for a way out of the club.

The 29-year-old was linked with a return to Spain and recently said he was “sad” with his lack of first-team action.

Fabregas has made only five top-flight starts, but he was handed a starting role against Swansea – his 300th Premier League appearance – and ahead of the game he told Sky Sports he was staying with the club.

“100 per cent. I am not thinking about anything else than challenging myself here. The situation from six months ago to now has changed massively.

“From the beginning it has been a big challenge and there are always rumours, you cannot stop that, but I don’t even care what people say. Not for one second did I want to leave.

“Sometimes it’s so easy, you don’t play two games, you get frustrated and upset and want to move somewhere else, but for me it’s the opposite; I want to challenge myself.

“I know in my brain what I can do and if I am better than others or not. I know what I can bring to this team and by improving and listening to the manager and what he wants and doesn’t want, I know myself what I can give.

“I have been proving myself every time I have had a chance and I will not stop until I play every game which is what I want.”

Conte recently admitted he “can always count” on Fabregas and the manager’s opinion may well have swung regarding the former Arsenal man.

“Now I am playing much more than at the start of the season and hopefully I am changing the manager’s mind a little bit and can get many more starts.”


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