The Spaniard, who has won the World Cup, the European Championship, the Premier League and La Liga, has started only two games all season under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte – both in the EFL Cup.
But on Tuesday night the 29 year old struck two goals in extra time to underline his class and help turn a 2-0 deficit into a remarkable 4-2 EFL Cup 3rd round win for the Blues at Leicester. Now, says Fabregas of his manager, he wants to “open his eyes” and prove that he deserves to play.
In an astonishing game at the King Power Stadium, Chelsea looked as good as out after 34 minutes, when appalling defending saw Shinji Okazaki put Leicester two goals ahead. But then Gary Cahill began the fightback, Cesar Azpilicueta levelled with a glory goal – and Fabregas twice popped up in extra time to kill a spectacularly entertaining tie off.
The Spaniard, who has been linked with a move to AC Milan in January – the Italians want to sign him on loan with a view to a permanent move in the summer – dismissed any suggestions that he wants to leave, and insisted he is determined to win his place back.