He may have only been a fringe player this season, but Cesc Fabregas remaining at Chelsea suits all parties.

Most Chelsea fans will have been delighted with reports this week that suggest Cesc Fabregas will reject AC Milan in favour of prolonging his stay at Stamford Bridge. Despite his playing time being severely limited under head-coach Antonio Conte, the Spaniard’s season contribution of 6 goals and 10 assists have been pivotal in Chelsea’s chase for silverware.

Following Sunday’s win, the Blues are now guaranteed Champions League football next year, creating the need for greater squad depth. If the club are serious about competing in every tournament, keeping and signing more players of Fabregas’s quality will be essential.

Chelsea are rumoured to be closing in on Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, and though the Frenchman would be a strong addition to a midfield roster that already boasts Nemanja Matic, N’Golo Kante and Nathaniel Chalobah, none of these players are capable of providing the attacking flair and creative brilliance of the Spaniard.

Fabregas will be aware that a busier fixture schedule will probably result in more starting eleven opportunities, and if his professional attitude so far this season is anything to go by, the 29-year-old will be confident he can deliver the consistent string of impressive displays necessary to become a regular under Conte.

Fabregas has won everything there is to win in his career, experience that makes him a valuable member of a squad Antonio Conte will be hoping can mount a genuine European challenge in 2017/18.