Chelsea offered Cesc Fabregas to Real Madrid over the phone

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Will he stay, or will he go?

That's the question Chelsea fans find themselves asking of Cesc Fabregas' future considering how reports continue to contradict one another.

It was only Sunday that El Confidencial claimed the Spaniard had been told to find a new club by manager Antonio Conte but soon after, Fabregas refuted such rumours on Twitter and insisted he will stay and fight at Stamford Bridge.


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Where his future lies, then, is anyone's guess - but there's been another twist in the plot.

Reports per the same source on Tuesday morning once again reinforce the notion that Conte wants to sell Fabregas and, incredibly, that contact has been made with Real Madrid to offer the midfielder's services.

Just to reiterate, Chelsea called the La Liga giants in a somewhat desperate attempt to push through an unlikely move.

"As soon as the offer came from Chelsea, the refusal from the offices of the Santiago Bernabeu was immediate," the report said.

How the mighty have fallen.

It's worth taking the above claim with a pinch of salt, of course, but Conte is renowned for his hard-headed managerial approach, so you wouldn't put it past to him to have personally called Los Blancos.

So, what did Fabregas say to make clear that he and Conte are on good terms? Well, here it is.

"Contrary to what has been written, the manager and I have a good relationship and he has never told me that I can leave," the Spain international wrote.

"He said that he counts on me, as I count on him. I will continue to fight for this club until the very end and when called upon I will always give my very best.

"I'm fully committed to @ChelseaFC and my only goal is to help them win football matches."

Who knows what to believe anymore.

This also comes after Conte insisted Fabregas has a future at Chelsea despite dropping him against West Ham on the opening day.

"Cesc is Chelsea's player," the former Italy manager said, "and I'm happy about him, with his attitude and behaviour."

"He must know from before that when we are a great team like Chelsea it can happen that I have to take a decision before the game to choose a starting XI.

"That can happen that Fabregas is not in the starting XI, but it can happen for all the players. It's important to see always the right attitude.

"Because we must fight this season and it's important to stay together in every situation."

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