Conte says Fabregas remains crucial to his plans

Chelsea have been in blistering form this season, winning nine consecutive matches in the Premier League, but not everyone has been able to enjoy the Blues’ success fully.

With the likes of N’Golo Kante excelling in Conte’s system, Cesc Fabregas has found regular football extremely limited at Stamford Bridge this season and that’s led to intense speculation that the former Arsenal skipper could be on his way out.

Although not guaranteeing his future with the club, Conte discussed the Spaniard’s position within the squad and stated he’s still an important member of the West London side. Quoted by The Daily Mail, he said:

“In football it’s very difficult to guarantee something, but in my opinion Cesc is an important player for us. He played a key match against City, he came on well in the last game. Tomorrow I haven’t decided the starting XI, but Cesc is always a good choice.”

Fabregas has been called upon for big games this season, with his first start coming in a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal back in September before then playing a crucial part in the Blues victory over Manchester City, providing the assist to Diego Costa for the only goal of the game.

With a haul of festive fixtures over the coming weeks, Conte could be forced to rotate his squad further to keep his side fresh and that could hand Fabregas further opportunities.