Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has encouraged Cesc Fabregas to remain at the club, promising him more regular football next season.
The Spanish playmaker made just 18 starts during the last campaign, and did not feature in the Premier League for two months after Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September.
The 30 year-old's future has been cast into further doubt by Chelsea's £40m acquisition of 22-year-old powerhouse Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, who seems a suitable partner for N'Golo Kante in central midfield.
However, Standard Sport understands
He is believed to have admitted to the Spaniard that he should have featured more regularly in Chelsea's title-winning campaign; d