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Fabregas relaxed over bench role with Spain

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Cesc Fabregas didn't feature for Spain during the defending European Champions' 1-0 win against Ukraine last week, with the midfielder left on the bench in favour of Atlético Madrid's Koke. Normally you might expect this to be of some concern to the 27-year-old -- nobody likes being left out -- but Fabregas seems be reasonably calm about the whole thing:

I do not believe I have lost my place in the starting team as I was never an automatic pick. The important thing is to be involved, to play well. If not, the teammate who plays will do well, for sure. I have no doubts about that -- I always back my teammate.

Every player wants to play, but if the coach decides not to pick you, it is because there are better options. In any case, the team is above everything.

Source: ESPNFC.

This, of course, is completely fine by us. International football and club football tend to interact in unpleasant ways, mostly tiring and/or injuring players we desperately need to stay fit, and if Fabregas doesn't get game time with Spain I don't think anyone at Chelsea will be too upset. The only reason to want our players to play internationally (barring being a fan of their country) is to keep them happy, and since Fabregas doesn't seem to mind ... well, keep on Del Bosquing, Del Bosque.