Transfer Focus: Conte hands Fabregas Chelsea boost

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reassured Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas that he remains a part of his plans for the news season, according to reports from The Express.

What’s the word?

There has been little to worry about at Stamford Bridge this season. After a mixed start the west Londoners moved to three at the back and waltzed to a second Premier League title in three years and a first for Conte.

However, one talking point has been the future of former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas. Go back a few months and the World Cup winner looked destined for a move away from the club, there was even talk of a January loan to London rivals West Ham at one point.

With his future up in the air the 29-year-old, who reached the landmark of 100 Premier League assists – quicker than any other player – on New Year’s Eve last year, remained focused and made a series of crucial appearances in the second half of the season to reaffirm his manager’s faith.

Will his role change?

The two-time European Championship winner has made it very clear that he needs more first team football while he’s still able to play at the highest level.

However, despite Conte’s assurances, it seems that the rumoured arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko will keep the Spaniard playing second fiddle.

On the other hand, the fact that the Blues are once again back on the European stage will mean there is more room for manoeuvre and rotation from the former Juventus boss, allowing Fabregas the chance to get more minutes.