Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will begin searching for a new club as a contingency plan but intends to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s side, Goal reports.
The former Arsenal captain sees his deal at Stamford Bridge expire at the end of the season, while the additions of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in the summer have increased the competition he faces to earn a midfield spot.
As a result, Fabregas’ only appearance under Sarri this season came in last week’s EFL Cup victory over Liverpool at Anfield and the club are yet to give the 31-year-old long-term assurances on his future.
Fabregas’ role in Chelsea’s side this season has been as a back-up to Jorginho, brought into the West London side from Napoli, and any new deal handed to the World Cup winner will only be a one-year extension due to the Blues’ policy for players over the age of 30.
Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Willy Caballero and Olivier Giroud all find themselves in a similar position and also see their deals expire on the 30th June 2019.