Conte pleased with Fabregas’ commitment

Antonio Conte has come out in praise of Cesc Fabregas, a player who has been given fewer opportunities than he would have been expecting at the start of the season.

Fabregas, one of Chelsea's standout performers in their victorious 2014/15 season, has remained dedicated to his club and put in the hard work expected of him despite struggling to break into the first XI during the first half of the season.

It is this level of committment, along with his technical ability, that has seen the 29-year old find a more regular place in the likely Premier League champions' starting lineup in recent months.

"He has always had a great impact, whether he starts a game or comes on," Conte told reporters. "He is technically very good, and can put the ball where he wants.

"He's a great player. Often he's decisive with the pass, with the assist, and also to score a goal. For sure, Cesc gives you great quality, great fantasy and assists," the Italian continued.

"I'm very pleased to see that in him, his commitment and work-rate. This season he faced a new situation. In the past, he has always played every single game. It's not easy to change.

"But, for sure, Cesc showed me that he is not only a great player but a great person. I think, this season, he has improved a lot in all aspects and, for me, he is a really, really important player."