Cesc Fabregas has hinted that his future may be away from Stamford Bridge, revealing ‘everything can happen’ in the transfer window.
The 30-year-old has started only 13 games in the Premier League this season for the Blues and was among the substitutes in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, coming off the bench in the second half to little effect.
Despite his lack of playing time, Fabregas has still had a substantial impact on Chelsea’s title-winning campaign having provided 12 assists and five goals.
The midfielder is reportedly on former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s radar ahead of the upcoming transfer window, with Manchester United reportedly monitoring the Spaniard’s situation.
And while Fabregas insists he’s happy to fight for his place under Antonio Conte, he has refused to rule out the prospect of leaving West London.
Speaking after the FA Cup Final, the Spaniard said:
‘I am not upset and I have nothing against Antonio. He has done a fantastic job,’ he said after Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Wembley.
‘I think I have a very good relationship with him. He has been honest with me and me with him. I understand his idea of football very, very well. I like it a lot.
‘Every player wants to play more. This is in the genes of a winner. I am one of them and I will never put my head down or hands down. I want to fight.
‘[I’m] not necessarily [wanting to leave Chelsea], but, in football, you can never say never. Everything can happen.
‘I feel loved by the fans here. Every time I have played, I have shown I can play at the top level in this team, by far.
‘It is all about trying to change the manager’s decision, but he wants what’s best for the team.’