Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas: I want to do this next season

CHELSEA star Cesc Fabregas has his eye on a return to the Champions League.

The playmaker has worked his way back into Antonio Conte’s first-team over the past few weeks.

And that personal renaissance has coincided with Chelsea maintaining their unrelenting charge to the title.

Fabregas helped Conte’s side regain their 10-point lead at the top of the table with last night’s win over West Ham.

And the Spaniard has now revealed securing silverware come May is not the only thing that’s on his mind.

Fabregas told the London Evening Standard: “Getting back into the Champions League is definitely motivating me as well as the title. This is where we want to be next season. For it to happen, we have to do well this season first.

“I’m jealous when I see the other English teams playing in it. Of course, you don’t want to be on the sofa watching. Obviously, in a way I enjoy following the competition, like seeing Manchester City’s game against Monaco.

“But I want to be there, I want to be on the pitch, I want to play in the Champions League, which is the biggest stage for the club.

“I miss it a lot because it is the first time in my career that I don’t play in the competition. Hopefully, next season we will be there.”

Fabregas will be hoping to retain his place in Conte’s starting XI when Chelsea face Manchester United next Monday.

The Blues take on the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup, a competition they have won on seven previous occasions.

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