Reports have emerged claiming that Cesc Fabregas’ future at Chelsea is clouded.
The Times says Fabregas, 29, played a prominent role for the Blues last season – missing just one Premier League fixture through illness.
But his future in the starting XI looks in serious doubt.
Manager Antonio Conte is planning to use a 4-4-2 formation next season, and expects his two central midfielders to be hardworking and extremely robust.
The ex-Italy boss admires Fabregas’ creativity, vision and stylish performances but doesn’t think Fabregas possesses the physical presence needed to fulfil the role.