Reports from the Daily Mirror have suggested that midfielder Cesc Fabregas is still in the plans of new manager Guus Hiddink.
Fabregas has struggled to recreate the form he showed last season, as Chelsea’s torried start to the season resulted in the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard was singled out along with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard as one of “three rats,” who Chelsea fans believed were chiefly responsible for Mourinho’s sacking with poor performances on the pitch.
However Hiddink, who was appointed on 19th December, is believed to want to retain Fabregas’ services. But, the Russian is also apparently keen on using more defensive-minded midfielders, such as Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel, to anchor the midfield.
Fabregas himself missed the Blues’ trip to Manchester last Saturday with illness, just 48 hours after coming on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Watford.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has also been linked with moves to Juventus and Inter Milan in recent days.