In the end, though, the Spaniard became a crucial part of the Blues' title win and in the 2017-18 campaign, Fabregas has made 21 appearances in all competitions, including 12 starts.
"I must say I'm very proud of this. Maybe anxious is not the right word but you can imagine", he said ahead of his side's Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid. I wasn't playing, I wasn't really part of his initial plans and at that point you can do two things. The other is what I did, put your head down and be humble, show him that he's wrong, that he can trust you, that you can play in this time. That's what I did, and every time I had an opportunity I gave my all.
"But I can tell you today Conte is extremely happy with Alvaro Morata, and I think that is down to Morata and is also down to the fantastic work they do at Cobham".
"It is true that I have a very good personal relationship with him, I love his work, I love his passion, I love his ideas".
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"I would be lying if I say that I wasn't anxious [about my future]", Fabregas said in a press conference ahead of Chelsea's clash with Atletico Madrid, relayed by ESPN.
Emenalo left the Blues last month to take up a new position at Monaco after spending 10 years working alongside owner Roman Abramovich.
Fabregas will play a big role coming ahead if Chelsea want to compete on all four fronts with his vision being key to Chelsea unlocking defences.
"When the moment comes to talk I'll be here, ready for it".