Cesc Fabregas has explained that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants his central midfielders to be “very complete”, which means he must improve his defensive work.
The Spaniard is yet to start a Premier League game under the Italian but scored twice in the League Cup against Leicester on Tuesday night.
Fabregas is behind N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Oscar in the pecking order at Chelsea but knows exasctly why.
“He speaks a lot. He wants the midfielders to be very complete, to be physically strong,” said Fabregas. “We are training very hard for it. If you have to analyse me, maybe I’m a bit more the playmaker, creative going forward, and he wants me to be a little bit more stable and compact in defence.
“For Matic, who is the opposite of me, he wants him to be better offensively. For Oscar, for Kante…he works with every aspect for us to be the best we can.
“I know what I can do. After 13 years I know myself very, very well. I am in a moment of my career where I feel very mature. I know physically what I can give. I know when I have to press and I choose much better my game overall. I just want to play and give my all and hopefully this will come soon.
“It’s a new situation for me in my career after 13 years of basically playing everything for my club and national team, and it’s been tough, I’m not going to deny it.
“But the last thing I will do is complain or put my hands up and give in. Something from inside is coming out stronger than ever and I just feel like a little boy in training, trying to win my spot back as I used to do at Arsenal when I was 16.
“I’ve been training very hard. You have to be professional. You have to keep your attitude. All my team-mates deserve respect.
“My coach deserves respect because I know he wants to win and if he doesn’t play me there is always a reason. Hopefully I can open his eyes and make him see that I deserve to play.”