Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reportedly persuaded midfielder Cesc Fabregas to remain at Chelsea next season by promising him more regular football.
There has been uncertainty for months over Fabregas’ Stamford Bridge future and the club have signed Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for £40million to play alongside N’Golo Kante.
Fabregas started just 18 games overall, the vast majority of which came in the second half of the season when helping his side to clinch the Premier League crown.
Conte has moved to bring in Tiemoue Bakayoko to play alongside N’Golo Kante in the engine room next season, but the London Evening Standard reports that Fabregas has been informed he still has a vital role to play.
It is claimed that a meeting was held between player and manager to discuss his part in next season’s plans, with Conte – who penned a new contract on Tuesday night – conceding that the ex-Arsenal man should have been used more often in 2016-17.
Fabregas started Chelsea’s first pre-season friendly next to Kante on Saturday and impressed in their 8-2 victory over Fulham, which was played at the club’s training ground.
With Chelsea back in the Champions League next season, Conte sees Fabregas as a key member of his squad.