Cesc Fabregas has once again reiterated his commitment to Chelsea, but admits he would rather play than watch from the bench.
The Spain international has not started a league match since Antonio Conte took over at the club.
He insists, however, that the thought of leaving Stamford Bridge had not crossed his mind.
“I have never though of leaving Chelsea. Madrid? There might have been calls, there might not have, but I am not thinking of leaving,” he declared to Cadena COPE.
“The rumours over whether I am going or offering myself out tire me. Let them come out every [time]… apparently I want to go to 20 different teams.
“I am just one player. I will keep competing here. If I knew I wasn’t good enough to play in this team, I would have moved away but I am very happy here. Not playing hurts but I know I am good enough for this team and I will give everything to play.”
While remaining defiant over his future, Cesc confessed that he is desperate to spend more time on the pitch after only sporadic appearances in the season to date.
“It is tough being on the bench; I have never spent so much time there,” he said.
“Every time I have entered [the pitch], I have felt really good. That leaves me happy after the games. I hope I can be with the team on Saturday [against Arsenal].
“It is a very special game against Arsenal. I spent many years there. It is a special feeling every time I am there. I don’t know if I’ll play; the manager waits until right before the game.”
Despite having featured so little under Conte, Fabregas says that he enjoys a warm relationship with the former Juventus and Italy coach.
“I have spoken with Conte; he is a coach who has a very particular playing philosophy,” he explained.
“We like him a lot. He is a brilliant coach and playing or not does not change that. He is a tough man and tells you things straight. We are very happy with him.”