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Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea ahead of the 2013/14 season and was a key player under Jose Mourinho as Chelsea went on to win the league in style.

Fabregas has now played under Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri since he joined the club.

When Conte was first appointed as Chelsea manager, the Italian didn’t seem to favour Fabregas, and the Spaniard had to fight for his shirt and impress the manager – which he eventually did and was an important player for Conte before his exit.

Fabregas is now facing a similar feat under new boss Maurizio Sarri, as he’s being utilised as a deep central midfielder and a back-up for Jorginho.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been limited to one Premier League appearance this season and has had to settle for cup appearances, and it was him who scored Chelsea’s winner in the 3-2 win over Derby County on Wednesday night.

Fabregas understands that he can no longer play every match for the Blues, but he hopes he proved to Sarri that he can be more than just a back-up for Jorginho, and he has also admitted that he’d like to be used higher up the pitch.

“I know it is difficult mentally [not playing in the Premier League], but after playing so many years, I think I can read a coach’s brain easier,” Fabregas said.

“I know exactly what position I’m in. I’m not saying I can play every three days for 90 minutes for 60 games a season now. I probably can’t do that in a sharp way anymore. That’s why I try to just enjoy it and be up for it.”

Fabregas believes he can do a job for the team in a more attacking position.

He added: “I didn’t play in the league for the first three or four months under Antonio Conte until a game against Manchester City, which changed my way in Antonio’s head. After that I played in every game.

“The only thing I have to try to change in this manager’s way is that he only sees me as a player in front of the defence.

“I think in his mind I can only play there, but I have been playing further forward all my life.”

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