Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes that a deal for Cesc Fabregas is ‘not very straight forward’ and almost rules out signing the midfielder.
Chelsea began a new Premier League era under Antonio Conte with a nervy 2-1 victory at home to West Ham. New signing N’Golo Kante impressed on his professional debut for the club after completing a reported £30.4 million switch from defending champions Leicester City. Surprisingly, Conte decided to start with Nemanja Matic and Oscar and opted to leave out Cesc Fabregas. The Italian explained that the 29-year-old can force his way back into the team, but his omission has raised doubts over his future at the club.
Recent reports stated that Real Madrid were interested in signing the 29-year-old to bolster their options in the middle of the park. According to ESPN though, manager Zinedine Zidane has almost ruled out a move for the Chelsea maestro. Speaking to the reporters in the press conference after his side’s win over Reims, Zidane said:
“If you want to put another central midfielder into the mix then it becomes complicated.
“Cesc is a great player but it is not very straightforward. I am going to end up with a squad where three or four players do not get selected. To therefore put another player in there makes it difficult.”
Signing Fabregas does not make sense for Real Madrid
Real Madrid already possess quality central midfielders in Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Isco. Adding another one to the fray could cause an imbalance to the side. Also, it was with this crop of players that the Los Blancos won their 11th Champions League crown, and dismantling it would not be the wisest of decisions.
Fabregas, 29, is nearing the twilight of his career and some could argue that he is not the same player he was during his days at Arsenal and Barcelona. Last season at Chelsea was a good example of how his game has worsened over the years. Comparatively, Casemiro is on the rise and is yet to hit the peak of his career, while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are probably at their pinnacle, putting in impressive displays for both club and country. With James and Isco ready to step up at any time, Fabregas could really struggle for minutes if he does indeed move to the Santiago Bernabeau.