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Chelsea must do all they can to ensure that this 30-year-old is at Stamford Bridge next season – here’s why

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been expecting Cesc Fabregas to depart Chelsea this summer…

The Spaniard enjoyed a mixed 2016/17 campaign under Antonio Conte, rarely featuring in the first-half of the season before a turnaround as the season came to a close. Nonetheless, given that Fabregas has often been a starter for much of his career, the Spaniard will likely want to make sure that he is a regular before committing to another year at Stamford Bridge – and Chelsea must ensure that they give him what he wants.

After all, the Spaniard is completely unique in the context of the current crop of Chelsea midfielders. N’Golo Kante is a marvel, of course, whilst Nemanja Matic has also been stellar this year. Neither player, though, possesses the technical brilliance that Fabregas provides. Incredible with the ball at his feet, the Spaniard can pick as pass out of nowhere – and his tackling has improved tenfold as of late too. Defensively, he has been suspect at points, of course, and so against some of Europe’s biggest sides, perhaps he should take a back seat. However, when Conte wants to control a game with excellent passing – there is genuinely nobody better in Europe.

His influence next season will be far greater than an on the field impact, though. With John Terry set to leave the club this summer, there will be a huge void in leadership at Stamford Bridge. Having been captain for Arsenal in the past, and now given that he is 30-years-old, Fabregas may be able to make the step up. Nobody is going to command the respect of Terry, but Fabregas is a well established and experienced player – and the leadership that he will bring is important.

He may want to play regularly, and Conte may not be able to offer that. But whatever the case, Conte must give his all to make sure Fabregas is at Chelsea next year.

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