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Cesc Fabregas’ contract runs out at the end of the season and his future at Chelsea remains unclear with the club yet to begin talks with the 31-year-old midfielder.

Fabregas revealed after the 3-2 Carabao Cup win over Derby County on Wednesday that he would like to extend his Chelsea contract.

A report on Standard Sport claims Fabregas will have to take a pay cut if he wants a contract extension at Chelsea.

Fabregas is one of Chelsea’s highest-paid players on around £160,000 a week.

The 31-year-old midfielder is yet to start a Premier League game this season but he has started all of Chelsea’s Europa League and Carabao Cup games this season.

Speaking after the 3-2 victory over Derby, Fabregas said: “I still believe in myself a lot and think I can add so much to this team.

“Let’s see what happens but I am happy here.

“In life, not just football, timing is the most important thing. You don’t have to rush decisions, you don’t have to talk before things happen. At the moment I am playing once a week.

“But we will see when the time comes that the Europa League ends for two months and there is a break in the EFL Cup [before the semi-finals should Chelsea get there]. Then there will only be games in the Premier League [for a few weeks].”

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