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Cesc Fabregas hopes to convince Antonio Conte that he deserves to play for Chelsea.
Fabregas has started just two games for the Blues this season - both starts have come in the EFL Cup - and his lack of starts has sparked speculation that he could be on the way out of Stamford Bridge.
While it has been a tough couple of months, the midfielder has no desire to leave Chelsea and is working hard to prove himself to Conte.
"It’s been tough, I’m not going to deny it. But the last thing I will do is complain, just give up or feel down," he said.
"Something from inside of me is coming out that is stronger than ever and I feel like a little boy training trying to win my spot back, as I used to do at Arsenal when I was 16.
"I always give my everything. You can have worst days, you can have moments when maybe you’re not at your best, but I always give my best. I have been training very hard and it is a new situation for me in my career after 13 years of basically playing in everything for clubs and the national team.
"Football, after my family, is everything to me. It’s always been like that. It’s a new situation but you have to accept it, you have to be professional, you have to keep your attitude.
“All my team-mates deserve my respect, my coach deserves respect because I know he wants to win and if he doesn’t play me, there is always a reason. Hopefully, he can see what I’m doing and that I deserve to play.”
Chelsea came from two goals down against Leicester to force extra time in their EFL Cup third round clash before Fabregas netted twice to seal the victory.
Having lost to Liverpool in their previous match, Fabregas admits it was important for the Blues to win at the King Power Stadium.
“I think it was vital for us to beat Leicester," he reasoned. “If we’d lost, people would have started to ask questions and doubt what you’re doing, whether you’re doing the correct thing.
“It was a very big statement as well to come from 2-0 down against the champions. It was a very positive performance at the end.”
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