Cesc Fabregas: Ex-Chelsea star recalls Costa urging ex-boss Conte to play him

Cesc Fabregas: Ex-Chelsea star recalls Costa urging ex-boss Conte to play him

- Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea from Arsenal in the summer of 2014 for about €33million

- He was initially out of favour under manager Antonio Conte

- The Spaniard recalls a moment Diego Costa shouted at the tactician to field him

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Cesc Fabregas spent six seasons at Chelsea football club of England between 2014 and 2019 scoring 15 goals in 138 appearances, but has recalled a brilliant moment that occurred in 2016.

The Spaniard in a podcast with the Match of the Day top 10 podcast disclosed that Diego Costa was once furious with the club manager at that time Antonio Conte urging the tactician to field him during match against West Brom.

Fabregas who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Monaco, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his time five-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Conte arrived at Chelsea in April 2016 and Fabregas was out of favour as he could not break into the first team under the Italian tactician with Namanja Matic the preferred man for that position.

However, the playmaker proved his worth to Conte after dazzling in a brilliant 3-1 victory over Man City - which led to a typically brilliant moment from Costa the following match.

Cesc Fabregas: Ex-Chelsea star recalls Diego Costa urging Antonio Conte to bring him on
Cesc Fabregas in conversation with Antonio Conte. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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“When Conte first came to Chelsea I didn’t really play the first three months. He made it clear he wanted a different type of midfielder. Nemanja Matic was playing," Fabregas said.

“But we went to Manchester City, we had won seven games and Conte says to me: ‘You have to play.’ We won 3-1, I played well and gave the assist to Costa for 1-1.

“But next we played West Brom, Matic recovers and he starts. It was a typical game and for 70 minutes it was 0-0. They were defending well.

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“I remember Costa coming to the touchline and shouting at Conte, saying: ‘Put Cesc on!’

“Conte is not the manager you mess with this and he was pretending not to listen to Costa. Two minutes later he says ‘Cesc come’, and two minutes after I come on, I provided the assist for Costa to score.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is still worried about the club after about two years he stepped down as their head coach.

The Frenchman was said to have mutually parted ways with the Gunners at the end of the 2017-18 season, with Unai Emery taking over from him.

He may not have won many titles during his 22-year reign at the Emirates Stadium, he set a record that no manager has been able to break in the Premier League.

Not even legendary Sir Alex Ferguson or Jose 'Special-One' Mourinho nears the invincible record by the 70-year-old

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