Cesc Fabregas didn’t play a single minute of Chelsea’s Premier League opener against West Ham on Monday night.
The Spanish midfielder was an unused substitute, with Antonio Conte preferring to deploy Nemanja Matic and summer signing N’Golo Kante in central midfield instead.
It’s since been revealed that Chelsea want to sell Fabregas and have offered him to four top European clubs in an attempt to offload him before the summer transfer window closes.
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Fabregas could be forgiven if he felt mystified, bemused or downright devastated by the new manager’s decision.
The former Barcelona star scored three goals and provided a magnificent 19 assists for Chelsea during his debut season at Stamford Bridge, and followed that up with five goals and seven assists last term.
But Conte, who requires all of his players to work tirelessly for the team, clearly doesn’t believe Fabregas can meet his demands.
Fabregas told to complete 'intense training session'
Nevertheless, the Spaniard didn’t leave the Bridge on Monday night without doing some hard work first.
According to Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard, Fabregas was one of a small group of players instructed to take part in an intense post-match training session out on the pitch.
Among those joining him included Victor Moses, who played the final five minutes of the match, and Pedro - on for the last 10 in place of Willian.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another unused substitute, was also told to complete the training session.
Spain return unlikely for Cesc
Fabregas might be 29 now but he still has plenty to offer - whether it be in the Premier League, La Liga or Serie A.
A return to Spain, however, appears somewhat unlikely. Fabregas would only consider a move back to Barça, who don’t need him at this moment in time.
Real Madrid have also been linked, but it’s safe to rule that one out from happening.
Could he end up staying in England?
Juventus might be able to tempt him, while the same applies to Paris Saint-Germain, but could he end up staying in England?
Jose Mourinho might be interested in a reunion at Manchester United, Arsene Wenger obviously knows him well following their time together at Arsenal, while it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Pep Guardiola considers bringing him to Manchester City.
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