FOOTBALL UPDATES – Cesc Fabregas has hinted that his future may be away from Chelsea this summer and says ‘everything can happen’ in the transfer window after being linked with a move to Manchester United.
The 30-year-old has started only 13 games in the Premier League this season and was among the substitutes in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, although he came off the bench in the second half.
Despite his lack of playing time, Fabregas has still had a major impact on Chelsea’s title-winning campaign having provided 12 assists and five goals this term.
The midfielder is reportedly on Jose Mourinho’s radar ahead of the upcoming transfer window, and Manchester United are claimed to be monitoring the Spaniard’s situation in the event that Chelsea decide to entertain offers.
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 Stamford Bridge.
‘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.’