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Cesc Fabregas on Chelsea future: 'I'm where I want to be'

Cesc Fabregas on Chelsea future: 'I'm where I want to be'

Marcos Alonso should continue on the left as Conte doesn't have too many options to rotate on that side of the pitch while I would expect Cesc Fabregas to keep his place in the middle of the park.

Fabregas has won nearly every major honour in his storied career with Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and Spain, including the World Cup - but the European Cup is the exception.

Much of the tension between Conte and the Chelsea board can be traced back to last summer's troubled transfer window, when high-profile pursuits of priority targets Romelu Lukaku and Alex Sandro failed and potential squad signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley turned down moves to Stamford Bridge. You can just give up and accept you are not going to be part of the team or the club in the future. Or, what I did, put your head down, be humble, work hard, train hard every day, show him that he's wrong and that he can trust me and play in this team.

"I must say I'm very proud of this".

"We must be pleased for our path and maybe I regret one game, against Roma, away".

Antonio Conte admits retaining the Premier League title may be out of Chelsea's reach despite an impressive recent run of results ahead of their midweek Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

Fabregas is a first choice in Conte's favoured 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formations, but the 30-year-old playmaker is out of contract in June 2019.

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"I am only 30".

"I just felt that things were in place and things looked very solid and very stable and I needed a new challenge".

"I have been very focused on everything Chelsea and it just came to a time, right bang on ten years, where I felt it was time for me to go and do something else".

'I'm 30 but you never stop learning in football and that's what I'm doing. When the moment comes to talk I'll be here, ready for it'.

Conte said it would be special to see Hazard in action for Belgium against England at the World Cup next year, joking that he would have to ask his Chelsea team-mates Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater to treat him gently.


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