Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he must build on his defensive performance as he begins preparation for life at Chelsea and beyond.

The player no doubt has fallen in the pecking order at the bridge with Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic and Barkley all ahead of him in Sarri’s list of possible starters. The player despite having the same type of football with Jorginho, seems far from the Italian due to his inability to regain possession. Sarri has on many occasion hammered the need for the club to defend as a team.

In interview with the Marca, Fabregas explained why he was sparingly used in games for the London club in the current season, though believes he can make an impact for Chelsea and another club.

“I feel fine still,” he said. “In seven months my contract ends with Chelsea. It will be 16 seasons playing at the highest level, over 750 games, a lot of training, travelling”. “I feel young and strong but maybe I can’t do 60 games a season. With my style I think I can keep playing for longer and obviously I want to keep playing for many years”. “I am sure that I will study to be a coach and hopefully in 15 years I will be coaching a top club”. “[I wish I did] more defensively. I always did my best but physically I was not so great in that area despite the fact I have improved. I would have preferred to be better and more consistent physically.”

Fabregas has also refused to rule out a return to the Emirates where he began his rise to stardom. When asked whether he could return to the club, the Spaniard said: “Of course, Arsenal will always be in my heart and I will never forget them so why not return”.