Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas cites ‘personal reasons’ after rejected by Spain

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has cited ‘personal reasons’ for opting not to attend Tuesday’s game against England as a guest of the Spanish Football Federation, according to Sport.

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The former Arsenal captain has endured a difficult season thus far under new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and has started just a solitary Premier League game – the disastrous 3-0 defeat against his former club at the Emirates Stadium – with his current side thriving in his absence.

Fabregas’ domestic troubles have been mirrored at international, where new incumbent Julen Lopetegui has also deemed the 29-year-old to be surplus to requirements.

Despite his absence from the squad, the Spanish Federation have invited Fabregas and a clutch of English-based players including the likes of Santi Cazorla, Pedro and Adrian to attend tonight’s glamour friendly at Wembley.

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While the Arsenal and West Ham duo are reported to have accepted the invitation, Fabregas will not be watching on from the stands.

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