Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted it was a “difficult season” in 2016-17 after no longer being a guaranteed starter under Antonio Conte.
In each of the previous two seasons, Fabregas started 33 Premier League matches but he was restricted to just 13 in the Italian’s first campaign in charge.
Things are looking up this term for Fabregas as he has already made five starts in all competitions for the champions, managing a goal and an assist to date.
“I’m not going to deny it, it was a difficult season,” Fabregas told Marca.
“I came from playing everything with (Jose) Mourinho and (Guus) Hiddink and then suddenly I was not counted on all of the time.
“Not everyone knows what I went through during those months and there were people who went as far as to say that it was no longer worth it.
“Only my family knows what I have been through.”
Despite his troubles, the Spaniard insists he never wanted to leave Stamford Bridge and has fought his way back into the team.
“Honestly, no (I never considered leaving). I know what I can give the team and if I can play or not so I decided to stay and fight,” he added.
“With Antonio there is no option other than to compete and give 100% in every training session and each match.”