Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is seriously considering a move away from Stamford Bridge with uncertainty over his role in the team under Antonio Conte. 

 

Spanish publication Sport have claimed that Cesc Fabregas could leave Chelsea for Spanish giants Real Madrid in a move that would make him one of the few players to play for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Spaniard’s entourage reportedly held talks with the hierarchy at Real Madrid over the possibility of a move and the 29-year-old is prepared to leave Chelsea to further his career.

Sport also stated that Blues manager Antonio Conte has not been convinced by Fabregas’ quality in the lead-up to the season, instead choosing to start with the pairing of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante in pre-season friendlies as well as against West Ham in the Premier League opener on Monday. This has cast serious doubts on the Spaniard’s first-team status at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas was linked with a move to Juventus as a replacement for new Manchester United signing Paul Pogba, but the rumours have since taken a back seat. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are currently in the market for a high-profile central midfielder after facing defeat in their pursuits of Paul Pogba and Andre Gomes, who chose rivals Barcelona.

" A long walk back to Spain" (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

“A long walk back to Spain” (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Fabregas would certainly be a quality addition to the Real Madrid squad. The Spaniard has previous experience of playing in La Liga and would need lesser time to adapt, while the signing of the former Barcelona star would also be a great way to answer back after their failed Andre Gomes pursuit.

Fabregas has been ever-present for Chelsea since joining the club ahead of the 2014-15 season, featuring in 71 of the 76 Premier League matches for the Blues. The Spaniard amassed a record 18 assists in his debut season with Chelsea but fell off the pace and grabbed only 7 assists last season (stats via whoscored). The 29-year-old was also a regular for the Spain national squad at Euro 2016, having started all four of La Roja’s fixtures in France registering one assist for Spain.

At 29, Fabregas would be looking to play regularly as he enters the twilight of his footballing career. With chances appearing limited at Chelsea, and with Real Madrid in need of a central midfielder, this could be the perfect move for the Spaniard. Real Madrid could also be tempted to sign Fabregas with the player likely to cost less than Joao Mario, who has been offered to Real Madrid for €45. It looks more and more likely that Cesc Fabregas will bid adieu to the Premier League for a second time in his footballing career.

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