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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.

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