Cesc Fabregas has hinted that he has been feeling more “restricted” in the position he has been played in by Antonio Conte at Chelsea FC recently.
Fabregas helped the west London side to win the Premier League title in Conte’s first campaign at the club, although his playing time was somewhat restricted that season.
The 31-year-old was a more regular fixture in the starting line-up the last term, but he still only began 25 of Chelsea FC’s 38 Premier League games.
Fabregas has been deployed in a slightly deeper role by Conte at Chelsea FC in recent seasons, and the Spaniard has admitted that he doesn’t feel that he’s at his best in that position.
Speaking during BBC Sport’s coverage of Belgium’s World Cup clash against Panama, Fabregas said: “Especially for Belgium now, [De Bruyne] plays a little bit deeper,” he said.
“I am not a big fan of this because he is so good and he can deliver so much in the final third that I think here you are taking a bit too much from his game.”
“He has to be too much disciplined, it happened to me over the last two years, you are a bit more restricted in this position.
“It is like you are telling your best creative player to not be creative.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea FC is believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to try and build a squad capable of winning the title next season.
It ended up being a disappointing campaign for the Blues last term as they finished in fifth place in the table and missed out on Champions League qualification.
The west London side did end the campaign on a positive note, though, by beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea ‘confirmed’ by Napoli star
Maurizio Sarri has been linked with replacing Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager this summer, and one of his Napoli players all but confirmed the rumors as true.
Sarri, 59, has reportedly been holding talks with the Blues for a number of weeks, and though he remains contracted to Napoli, the Serie A club have already hired Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach.
The Italian has been expected to leave the San Paolo since Ancelotti’s appointment, although disagreements between Chelsea and Napoli over the release clause in Sarri’s contract stalled talks between the two clubs.
However, there has been a progression over the last few days, and it appears Sarri is on the verge of being announced as the Blues’ new boss, with Conte to be sacked despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his two seasons at Stamford Bridge.
But while we must wait for official confirmation, one of Napoli’s players all but confirmed Sarri is becoming Chelsea manager.
Kalidou Koulibaly, the center-back, spoke to talkSPORT after Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of Poland in the World Cup, admitting he will miss Sarri but backing him to bring a great style of football to Chelsea.
“They [Chelsea] can expect nice football because he is a very good coach.
“I’m disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach [Carlo Ancelotti]. We know we can win something with him.
“I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he’s a nice coach.
“When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.
“At Napoli, we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much. At Chelsea, I think it will be the same.”
Koulibaly has been linked with joining Sarri at Chelsea, along with fellow Napoli stars Dries Mertens, Jorginho and Elseid Hysaj.