Antonio Conte may claim that he likes the effort and the work put in by Cesc Fàbregas during training, and that the midfielder is giving him hard choices in the starting lineup and is "in his plans and Chelsea's plans", and Fàbregas himself may be saying and tweeting all the right things, but as long as he remains second-choice, the exit rumors will continue.
It hurts a lot to be dropping points again but we must stand up strong and learn from our mistakes.— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 17, 2016
+Thank you so much for the love.
Against Liverpool, Fàbregas was once again on the bench, just as he had been in all the other Premier League games, and while previously he's made good impact in his substitute appearances, on Friday, he simply didn't have quite enough time to register more than a couple hopeful long balls into the box.
Fàbregas will probably start on Tuesday, just as he did in the previous round of the League Cup (when he made the expected impact in attack, but he and midfield partner Nemanja Matic were also often overran by third division Bristol Rovers) but it's the lack of playing time in the Premier League that's driving these rumors, and will continue to do so until that improves.