Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has heaped praise on midfielder Cesc Fabregas after claiming he brings “great quality and great fantasy”.
The Blues, 3.00 to win the FA Cup, have cruised in the Premier League this season, although Fabregas has not been a regular in the starting XI.
Chelsea currently sit 10 points clear of rivals Tottenham in the table but Fabregas looks likely to win another Premier League title.
He has been linked with a move to the Serie A and MLS but Conte has continued to show his support for the Spaniard.
Fabregas has continued to make an impact off the bench and he could be used more next season, once the club qualify for the Champions League.
With the season coming to an end, Conte has once again praised the former Arsenal man for the quality he brings to the team.
He told reporters: “Cesc gives you great quality, great fantasy and assists. It’s important to manage the situation and understand when it’s right, for example, to play with Cesc or with (Nemanja) Matic.
“We are talking about two great players, with different characteristics. Nema is more physical, more technical, less fantasy than Cesc. Cesc has more fantasy but is less physical than Nema.
“He [Fabregas] has always had a great impact, whether he starts a game or comes on. He’s technically very good, and can put the ball where he wants.
He’s a great player. Often, he’s decisive with the pass, with the assist, and also to score a goal.
“This season, he has improved a lot in all aspects and, for me, he is a really, really important player.”