Spanish international midfielder Cesc Fabregas appears to be close to the end of his spell with Chelsea, with his contract running down at the end of the season, and now being targeted by clubs such as Atletico Madrid – potentially in the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.

Having played a bit-part role this season and having to contend with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho ahead of him in the midfield, it would seem as if the time might be drawing to a conclusion that Cesc Fabregas will leave to seek first team football.

In quotes carried by the Mirror from last week, Fabregas admitted that he’s been enjoying his time at the club even more since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival – with the Italian’s training methods seemingly suiting the 31-year old World Cup winner;

I wish he came a bit earlier to be honest, it’s a little bit late now in my career. Definitely I’m very happy with him.”

I’d love to stay at the club. I’ve been very happy for the last four years and a half, we’ve had great success, won many things.”

Despite Fabregas’s willingness to remain a Blue for the foreseeable future, his contract running down in a matter of months will force his hand to decide what’s best for him in possibly the last big contract decision of his playing career.

The Mirror also suggest that Italian side AC Milan are very keen on signing Cesc Fabregas, with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid a new entrant in hoping to lure the Spanish midfielder back to La Liga, where he spent time at Barcelona between 2011-2014.

This season Fabregas has made no Premier League appearances, instead getting gametime in first two Europa League victories and playing the full game in the win against Liverpool in the League Cup.

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