He has also adapted more permanently to Conte's style, which has been made even more crucial by the summer sale of Matic to Manchester United.
The Spaniard's clearances-per-game and interceptions-per-game have both gone up under Conte and went up even further when Kante was out injured for a month.
With Fabregas' success rate in duels already at career-high levels, that number went up even further to 58 per cent in Kante’s absence.
"That’s why I try to get even better because football is growing in a way that before I don’t think it was.
Every day you see less talent and more power players running around." An artist is still at work at Stamford Bridge, but Fabregas chose to swim and not sink to allow his career to continue under Conte.
Fàbregas would like to sign for a further two years, but Chelsea’s general policy is to offer only one-year extensions to players aged over 30, so he may have to settle for a shorter deal.
Gary Cahill signed a four-year contract just weeks before his 30th birthday in December 2015 however, suggesting that the club are willing to be flexible on occasions.In fact, it was the busiest defensive period of his career.At Barcelona in La Liga, Fabregas was making on average only 1.76 tackles-per-game.At 30 years old, Fabregas is physically more powerful than ever.However, he has faced criticism at times for not being as creative as usual, particularly during October when both Kante and Danny Drinkwater were out with injury.In fact, Kante won the PFA Player of the Year award in this system while the world-class Fabregas played an impact role from the bench.