Rumours about the future of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas are headline news once again.
Fabregas has not had a very merry Christmas. He was subbed off at half time in Boxing Day’s 2-2 draw with Watford, before missing Monday’s stalemate at Manchester United because he was ill, according to The Mirror.
It is also reported by The Mirror that Fabregas remains in the plans of manager Guus Hiddink, despite his poor form this season and interest from Serie A duo Juventus and Inter Milan.
Hiddink is expected to tweak Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 formation to make the Blues more solid defensively.
John Obi Mikel, who recently told The Guardian that Chelsea’s players are happier since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho, looks set for an increase in game time.
Mikel will be hoping to forge a formidable partnership with Nemanja Matic, forcing Fabregas to compete for a place further forward in one of Chelsea’s three attacking midfield positions.
Fabregas is more than capable of playing further forward. Don’t forget that he has operated as a false nine for Spain in the past.
Chelsea have twice used Eden Hazard as a false nine this season, so Fabregas could arguably have a future as a striker at Stamford Bridge too.
As stated above, Hiddink wants to keep Fabregas, but two of Italy’s most famous clubs are ready to pounce should be become available.
A move to Italy could favour Fabregas. Players traditionally get more time on the ball in Serie A, giving technically-gifted stars – such as the former Arsenal captain – more opportunities to create chances.