Former Chelsea star believes club will keep hold of in-demand Fabregas

According to reports in The Sun, former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says the club must keep Cesc Fabregas this summer.

The midfielder has found first team starts hard to come by this season following the arrival of PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante last summer, and the impressive Frenchman and Nemanja Matic have often been the preferred partnership in the middle of the field in Antonio Conte’s successful 3-4-3 formation.

A lack of playing time is said to have alerted a number of clubs with AC Milan, and the Blues’ Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, reportedly ready to make a move for the 30-year-old at the end of the campaign.

However, despite Chelsea’ success without him in the starting line-up as they close in on the Premier League title, Fabregas has still made a big impression despite featuring for just 1,047 minutes in the top flight this term.

He has scored four goals and provided a further nine assists, and Hasselbaink believes the west London outfit must look to keep hold of the Spaniard this summer.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I wouldn’t like to see him go, Chelsea don’t have enough players like Fabregas.

“He’s somebody who can open defences up, who is very good at giving the final pass and just creating.

“I know he hasn’t played as much as he would have wanted, because Chelsea have had a really settled side this year.

“But I do see him playing a lot more next year if he stays because of the Champions League.

“I don’t think Chelsea will let him go.”

Having already guaranteed their return to the Champions League group stages, Conte’s men will look to move another step closer to regaining the Premier League trophy they lost to Leicester City last season when they host Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.