Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has reportedly sought assurances from manager Antonio Conte over his future at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard has yet to start for the Blues this season and has been restricted to just 26 minutes of first-team football since the arrival of N'Golo Kante from Leicester City this summer.
And Italian news outlet Calciomercato are reporting Fabregas sought assurances from Conte that he will have a chance to prove his worth to the Blues in the coming weeks.
The report suggests it was Fabregas' determination to move Real Madrid this summer which ultimately scuppered his chances of leaving the club, with Zinedine Zidane unable to offload the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Isco and James Rodriguez to make room for the out-of-favour Chelsea man.
The 29-year-old was also targeted by AC Milan during the close season and the Serie A side are reportedly ready to make another bid for his services if he is unable to force his way into Conte's first-team thinking.
A move to Real now appears impossible following the transfer ban placed upon the La Liga leaders by Fifa, with the ruling ensuring they will not be able to add to their squad in either of the next two windows unless their appeal is rubber stamped.