Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has abandoned his plans to sell Cesc Fabregas this summer, and instead intends to keep the midfielder at the club, report The Daily Star.
Despite winning the league, for much of the season, the Spaniard was on the periphery of the Chelsea starting XI, with Conte tending to prefer Nemanja Matić and N’Golo Kanté as his central midfield pairing.
The newly crowned champions came close to selling Fabregas in January, with The Mirror stating that AC Milan were preparing to wrap up a deal. Ultimately, though, the 30-year-old stayed in West London and won over Conte.
The Daily Star claim that a source at Chelsea said: “The club tried a few times to sell him.”, but now it seems that Conte wants to keep him on, as the added challenge of the Champions League next season looms large.
In stark contrast, the fate of Diego Costa seems to certainly not be at Chelsea next season, as the club are seeking to offload the striker.
Last week, BBC Sport claimed that Costa had been informed by Conte that the Spain international was not in his plans for next season.
Costa had reportedly pushed for a move to China in January, per The Guardian, which led to a training ground bust-up with one of Conte’s fitness coaches, but he stayed on and led Chelsea to their third league title in three years.
The 28-year-old has stated, as noted by The Express, that he hopes to move back to his former club Atletico Madrid, who he joined Chelsea from in 2014.