Cesc Fabregas has turned down a mega-money move to China in order to try and play a key role in Chelsea’s future under Antonio Conte, according to reports on Sunday.
The 29-year-old midfielder signed for Chelsea in a £30million move from Barcelona in 2014, and has three years left on the five-year deal he penned upon his arrival.
Fabregas won the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge but has endured a disappointing campaign this time round with Chelsea.
And The Sun claim the Spaniard was offered a way out of Chelsea with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning offering him a mammoth £200,000-a-week contract after tax – gazumping his current £150,000-a-week wages at Stamford Bridge.
Chinese powerhouses Jiangsu also failed in a bid to sign Blues team-mate Oscar in a £57.5million deal in January.
But a move failed to materialise and instead set their sights on Fabregas.
Jiangsu were understood to be optimistic about landing Fabregas after already signing Ramires from Chelsea.
However, it is understood the Spaniard snubbed their advances as he wants to stay at Chelsea for next season’s title challenge under incoming boss Antonio Conte.
Chinese football is said to be preparing a month-long transfer window in the summer and is desperate to enhance its growing profile further by signing more big names.
Manchester City star Yaya Toure is understood to be the next high profile midfield target on their shopping list.