Former Blues star Cesc Fabregas has explained how playing under Antonio Conte at Chelsea helped him develop as a player.

It would be difficult to imagine Chelsea side under Antonio Conte without the creativity and defence-splitting passes from Fabregas.

In the Premier League title-winning season in 2016/17, Fabregas laid on 12 assists and netted five goals himself in 29 league appearances.

But according to Fabregas, things were not going well for him when Conte first came to Chelsea.

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Speaking in a Q&A session on Twitter, Fabregas named Conte, alongside his former manager at Arsenal Arsene Wenger as the most influential coaches in his career.

He said: “(Managers who) Really taught me in different moments and for different reasons (not only footballing), I would say Wenger and Conte.

“Arsene technically and Conte mentally and he also made a player that I didn’t know I could be.”

On Conte, he explained: “I meant on the defensive point of view. Also, mentally he made me work harder than ever at 29 as he told me I wasn’t his type of player.

“And I still went on to prove him wrong and ended up playing every game. Tactically u have to play the way he likes and that was also very new for me.”

In the following season, however, Fabregas could not replicate his impressive performance, only made four assists and scored two goals.

Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as Conte’s successor in 2018 was the beginning of the end of Fabregas’ career at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri brought alongside him Jorginho when he came to Chelsea, and it was clear since the beginning who would play the deep playmaker role.

Fabregas made the decision to join Monaco six months later.

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