Talk of Cesc Fabregas' Chelsea future too early, says Antonio Conte
By Nick Lustig
Last Updated: 04/11/16 11:43pm
Antonio Conte insists it is too early to talk about the future of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The Spain international has started just one match in the Premier League under Conte and reports in the national press have suggested the player would be open to leaving Chelsea in January.
And when asked about the possible departure of Fabregas in the New Year, Conte said: "Now we are at the start of November and it is important to be in the present. For this type of situation it is too early to talk.
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"Fabregas is Chelsea's player and I'm very happy to have him in my squad."
Fabregas has not featured for Chelsea since the 3-0 defeat away at Arsenal on September 24 because of a thigh injury.
The 29-year-old resumed full training with the first-team squad, along with long-term absentee Kurt Zouma, earlier this week and Conte is pleased to see both closing in on full fitness.
"Fabregas and Kurt Zouma started to train with the team this week," the Chelsea head coach added.
"It is normal when you start after a long period of rest you need to find the best form or the best shape and I think after the international break they will be available for selection.
"I'm pleased for Cesc because he is important for us and also for Kurt, I'm pleased for him. He played two games with the U23s and he will play another on Tuesday.
"He is recovering, he is very good. We're satisfied with this. Now we hope he can stay with us for the rest of the season."
Chelsea host Everton in the Premier League on Saturday and will be looking to extend their winning run to five matches.
Club captain John Terry has been left on the substitutes' bench for the past three matches, despite recovering from an ankle problem, and Conte admits he has little reason to change his winning side.
"I give one more day for selection, to take the best decision for the team. It is difficult to change the team when we're playing well," he added.
"John is available, he is in good form. After his ankle injury he is there a second whole week. He trained with us, he's in good form. I don't see any problem."