Chelsea have decided to dump Cesc Fabregas when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Spanish international has struggled to hold down a regular first team place under Antonio Conte this season and faces spending more time on the bench than the pitch.

He now has new signing N’Golo Kanté, Nemanja Matic and Oscar all ahead of him in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas, 29, is willing to fight for his place but is too lightweight for Conte, who has increased the work rate of his midfielders since taking over.

Conte is ready to listen to offers from abroad for Fabregas but has made it clear that he is unlikely to let him leave for another Premier League club.

But the former Barcelona and Arsenal man attracted plenty of interest from Italy last summer and AC Milan are still keen on signing him.

They have new Chinese owners who are willing to dig deep in January for big-name signings and Fabregas is at the top of their wanted list.

But Juventus are also keeping a close eye on developments in West London and will almost certainly rival any offer from Milan.

The Spaniard has slipped down the pecking order following the £30million signing of N’Golo Kante, who has established himself in central midfield alongside Nemanja Matic.

Fabregas has spent the last two years at Chelsea after a £30million move from Barcelona and was a key figure in the team’s title success in 2014-15.

 

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