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Cesc Fábregas reveals whether he will stay at Chelsea or not


The midfielder has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge

Cesc Fábregas admits he wants to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season – regardless of whether or not he is offered a new contract.

Fábregas has struggled for regular football under Maurizio Sarri and is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs, including AC Milan.

The 31-year-old is out of contract next summer and is free to talk to clubs in January, but insists he is only focused on doing well for the Blues.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone,” he told the Evening Standard. “Obviously in January I can sign a pre-contract with whoever I want, and this will attract many clubs.

“But so far, from what I can say right now, I will stay here until the end of the season.

“I know that Sarri rates me highly, but at the same time it’s a new position for me and I think it is just my fifth game starting in it.”

“I only played there when I was 10 or 12 in the academy at Barcelona,” the midfielder added. “It is something new to learn. At the same time, I can give more in other positions.

“In December I will play games. I already know which games I will play, and I am ready for it.

“I have spoken to the coach. He has been straightforward with me, and I need to be ready when the opportunity comes.”

Chelsea return to domestic action against Fulham on Sunday, before travelling to Wolves on December 5.