Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly putting up a contingency plan in place amid concerns regarding his future with the west London giants. The Spain international has just nine months remaining on his existing contract with the Blues and so far, there has been no progress in terms of prolonging his stay.
According to Goal.com, the former Arsenal man is hoping to convince Maurizio Sarri and the Blues’ hierarchy into offering him a new contract, though he has been restricted to a back-up role behind Jorginho, who joined the club from Napoli during the summer.
Fabregas had participated extensively for the Blues during their pre-season tour but he happened to sustain a mysterious knee injury towards the final stages of the preparation which seems to have hampered his chances of securing of regular gametime.
Since then, the Spaniard has been participating for the Blues in the Cup and Europa League matches and so far, he has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic all ahead of him in the pecking order.
As such, there has generally been a concern whether Fabregas would remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the current campaign and even if he does, he may have to take a significant paycut on his current wage package.
Fabregas is presently the second highest earner at the Bridge behind star performer Eden Hazard at £156,000-a-week but he may not earn a similar package, given the Blues may only offer him a one-year extension at best.
Chelsea have the policy of only handing one-year rolling contracts to players aged above 30 and Fabregas falls under this category alongside several teammates including Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill and David Luiz – all of whom could leave for free next summer.
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