Chelsea exit a shame for Diego Costa - Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to compatriot Diego Costa after he sealed his proposed move to Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international, however, added that it is a shame for the 28-year-old as he would have to spent the next couple of months away from the playing field.

Costa had made his mind up to join Atleti in early June after Antonio Conte privately texted the Spaniard to state that he does not feature in the Blues' first-team plans. The marksman followed to spent the next couple of months in his native Brazil with a personal trainer, although he was spotted playing beach football with his friends on a number of occasions.

Antonio Conte wants Cesc Fabregas to become more like N'Golo Kante

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that Cesc Fabregas is trying to become more like N'Golo Kante as he looks to improve on his defensive game.

The Spain international was surprisingly picked ahead of Tiemoue Bakayoko against Everton, but the move paid off as he bagged the opener in the 2-0 triumph.

Fabregas has always been one of the best passers in the English top-flight, but his inability to hold off opponents while defending has been a cause of concern. Speaking after the Blues' win, Conte admitted that Fabregas is working hard in training to perfect his skills as he looks to become stronger like Kante. The Italian also had a similar advice for Kante, who he believes should work more with the ball - similarly to Fabregas.

Conte Expects Fabregas to Improve

Antonio Conte has given a word of advice for midfielder Cesc Fabregas to have a regular place in the Chelsea first-team. The Spaniard was surprisingly preferred over Nemanja Matic, who ended up leaving the club for Manchester United in a £ 40 million deal.

However, Chelsea have quickly strengthened the competition in the middle of the park by bringing in Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £ 35 million. As a result, Fabregas is expected to have a tough competition in the midfield with the likes of N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko fighting for a place alongside the newly recruited Drinkwater.

Antonio Conte: Cesc Fabregas is a great example to his Chelsea teammates

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has heaped praise on midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who he feels could earn a prominent role in the Blues setup next season.

The Spain international was often left frustrated last season as he found himself behind the likes of Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kante for a place in central midfield.


At the curtain raiser at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea showed their defensive frailties ahead of their Premier League title defence. Several factors hindered the team from shining brightly and one of them was Fabregas’ defensive liabilities.

Fabregas was given little room to roam in the middle by his former team. He was peripheral in the duel though he showed few flashes of brilliance, as expected. He gave N’Golo Kante more defensive responsibilities as Tiemoue Bamayoko was not available. Antonio Rudiger came too late but showed he could be a decent option for the Blues this term.

Cesc Fabregas reveals his hatred for John Terry whilst at Arsenal

Spain international Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he harboured an intense hatred for John Terry, while he was still in the ranks of Arsenal.

The 30-year-old began his professional career with Arsenal in 2003 following his switch from the famous La Masia academy.

Fabregas made himself a fan favourite during his time at north London, and he engaged into several intense battles with the Blues before moving on to boyhood club Barcelona in 2011. The Spaniard eventually returned to the Premier League with Chelsea three years later, and he has since established himself a key player in the first-team squad.

Barcelona utilising the Cesc Fabregas tactic to pursue Hector Bellerin

Barcelona are reportedly hoping that Hector Bellerin submits a transfer request in order to pursue through a move to the Camp Nou in the summer.

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas had to use a similar tactic in order to pursue a move back to Catalonia.

Fabregas, currently at Chelsea, had been keen on a move to Barcelona in the summer of 2010, but he was still reluctant to place a transfer request under the orders of manager Arsene Wenger. Fabregas eventually bowed to the Gunners demands, and he sacrificed a loyalty payment of around £4m to make his return to Barcelona in 2011.

Antonio Conte actually has plans for Cesc Fabregas

For the first time since Cesc Fabregas arrived to Chelsea back on June of 2014, he has turned into a substitute player as the Spanish midfielder was dropped to the sidelines for the majority of this recently concluded season of 2016-17.

The Premier League season of 2016-17 saw Chelsea claiming the domestic league title in a very dominating way as they were in pole position of the top tier English competition for the majority of the campaign and was eventually crowned as the champions of England.

Cesc Fabregas would consider Manchester United move on one condition

Spain international Cesc Fabregas will snub the chance of linking up with league rivals Manchester United unless Chelsea decide to place him on the transfer market.

The World Cup winner was largely used from the bench by Antonio Conte in order to add more creativity in the dying stages of the campaign. Despite this, the 30-year-old is willing to stay put with the Blues for another season with a view to fighting for his position under the Italian coach.


Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas said he smiled when he saw that their main rivals Tottenham Hotspur lost to West Ham United.

Spurs’ loss simply meant that the wait for the Premier League was cut short for the league leaders.

After Chelsea’s 3-0 triumph over Middlesbrough, the Blues are now clear to lift the title on Friday if they defeat West Bromwich Albion. Fabregas said the team was pleased with the help West Ham provided but that they quickly returned their focus on the Boro game.