It seems that not a day goes by without Cesc Fabregas’ Chelsea future being cast further into doubt.
Over the course of just two years, the Spaniard has sunk from the first name on the team sheet to the first name on the bench. It appears that the arrival of Antonio Conte hasn’t inspired everyone at the club.
Nevertheless, there could be an escape route for Fabregas, albeit rather unexpected. It seems he might get his wish to stay in London after all.
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Fabregas has started just once in the league under Conte. Damningly also, that sole appearance came in the 3-0 bludgeoning that Arsenal inflicted at the Emirates.
The 29-year-old may have scored a brace against Leicester City in the EFL Cup, but few opportunities have arisen from that performance.
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Given the player’s £160,000-a-week wages too, it’s simply not viable for Chelsea to have such a financial burden gracing their bench every week.
Therefore, Fabregas has been linked with numerous clubs as means of escaping his newly found Chelsea nightmare.
Perhaps the most frequented name has been Manchester City and a reunion with Pep Guardiola. Nevertheless, the Spaniard is believed to be happy in London with his family and is willing to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.
However, it is clear that the ex-Arsenal man’s patience can only extend so far and there are other options for him in London. That may lie, rather unexpectedly, with West Ham United and it appears surprisingly logical.
According to the Mirror, the Hammers are poised to launch an audacious loan move for Fabregas in January. In order to sweeten the deal, they are also willing to subsidy the player’s weighty wages.
This is in light of the fact rumours have escalated that Dimitri Payet could be on his way out of the London Stadium. Therefore, Fabregas is being eyed up as a potential replacement if European juggernauts sniff around for their French talisman.
Of course it would also mean that the 29-year-old wouldn’t need to move or greatly alter his family life. This is particularly important considering he and his wife are currently expecting their third child.
As a result, while such a deal may prove initially ludicrous, it seems to satisfy all parties involved.
West Ham garner a world class player and potentially fill a Payet shaped void, Fabregas gets greater game time without moving and Chelsea are relieved of his wages. It seems the perfect fit.
Whether or not such a move will materialise or not though, is unknown. What is for sure however is that Fabregas’ current tactic of persistence, simply isn’t working.
In professional football, it’s sink or swim and the Spaniard is being drip feed game time by Conte. It’s clear to many that he deserves far better.
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