FABREGAS TO SNUB HAMMERS INTEREST
CESC FABREGAS is reportedly set to reject interest from West Ham – with only a switch to another top European club on his agenda at Chelsea. The 29-year-old is down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge with Antonio Conte opting for a stronger presence in midfield. Summer signing N’Golo Kante and tough-tackling Nemanja Matic are preferred in the centre under the new 3-4-3 set-up. And Chelsea have benefited greatly from the change, leaving Fabregas surplus to requirements. Interest has emerged from China and West Ham recently, but according to the Daily Star, Slaven Bilic’s side are to be disappointed by the ex-Barcelona and Arsenal star. It is claimed Fabregas will only leave Chelsea in January for a similar big club in Europe, having come close to joining AC Milan at the end of the summer. The Blues want to let Fabregas go out on loan to free up space in Conte’s squad, and they’re even willing to subsidise his £160,000 (RM832,000) a week salary to secure an exit. Fabregas has already reportedly turned down approaches from several Chinese clubs, and AC Milan are said to be off the cards now.