Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has heaped praise on Cesc Fabregas as the midfield ace continues to show 'great commitment' despite being reduced to a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, hasn't been a regular starter since the Italian took over at the Bridge last summer, fuelling speculation about the Spaniard's future at the west London side.
However, Conte says Fabregas has the 'right spirit' in training and during matches.
'Cesc, we all know him, and I'm very pleased with his attitude, his commitment and for his work-rate in training sessions,' the Italian told Chelsea's official website ahead of the FA Cup third round 4-1 win over Peterborough on Sunday afternoon.
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'Also, when I call him during the game, it's important for me to see the right spirit. Before the game, I have to take a decision on only 11 players who can start.
'For sure, some players have to start on the bench, but it is important for me in every game to see which is the best solution for the team and it is also important to have all my players with the right spirit, with the right will to fight and to win – if you start or if you don't start.
'Cesc has shown me great commitment always and I am pleased for this.'
The 29-year-old, has scored three goals and registered six assists in 13 appearances across all competitions for the Blues.
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