Ex-Arsenal £30m stalwart brutally told he can find a new club - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Cesc Fabregas has been told by Chelsea that he is free to find a new club, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the midfielder, 29, has been “brutally” informed by manager Antonio Conte that he has no future at Stamford Bridge.
It is said that Conte held talks with Fabregas to let him know that “his days at Stamford Bridge are numbered”.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was a noticeable absentee in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, with reports in Spain claiming Conte will try and force him out in the final few days of this summer’s transfer window.
Fabregas has made just one substitute appearance of 12 minutes this season for the west Londoners, who have won all three of their Premier League games.
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He has slipped down the pecking order following the £30million signing of N’Golo Kante, who has established himself in central midfield alongside Nemanja Matic.
Juventus are among the clubs who have been linked with a move for Fabregas following the landmark sale of Paul Pogba this summer.
Juventus have already brought in Miralem Pjanic from Serie A title rivals Roma this summer, but are still looking to add one or two quality additions in the middle of the park.
Fabregas has spent the last two years at Chelsea after a £30million move from Barcelona and was a key figure in the team’s title success in 2014-15.
Before his second spell of three years at boyhood club Barca, the 29-year-old spent eight seasons at Arsenal and captained the team for three years before a £30million transfer to Camp Nou in 2011.
The playmaker is under contract at Chelsea until the summer of 2019.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have finalised a deal worth £63million in transfer fee and wages.