Cesc Fabregas would consider a loan move away from Chelsea in January but is only interested in joining an elite level club.
The midfielder has told friends that he still believes he can earn a place in Antonio Conte’s starting line-up and will not be forced out of Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window.
Fabregas is focused on recovering from a thigh problem that has ruled him out of Chelsea’s last four matches and is not aware of any talks over a potential transfer away from west London.
The 29-year-old has made only one Premier League start under Conte, when he was substituted after 55 minutes of the 3-0 defeat by his former club Arsenal in September.
Fabregas would only consider a loan move to a leading European club, particularly as he is settled in London and has just announced that his long-term partner Daniella Semaan is pregnant with their third child.
The likes of AC Milan and Juventus have previously been credited with interest in Fabregas, who is under contract until 2019.
Conte is believed to have no problems with Fabregas’ attitude and is happy to keep the Spain international in his squad, but the Italian has reportedly told Chelsea bosses that he would like to free up the midfielder’s wages to improve the squad.
Those reports also claim Fabregas is Chelsea’s highest earner on £220,000 a week with image rights and loyalty bonus included.