Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas won his 102nd senior international cap for Spain on Thursday night.
The Blues star started his country’s 1-1 draw with Italy in a deep-lying playmaker position and looked tidy, likely impressing Azzurri boss Antonio Conte, who is expected to replace to Guus Hiddink in the Stamford Bridge dugout this summer, according to The Mirror.
Fabregas was handed the captain’s armband at half time. And 20 minutes from full time – shortly after Lorenzo Insigne had fired Italy in front – the Chelsea man delivered a fine free kick, which resulted in Aritz Aduriz equalising.
The Daily Mail report that Fabregas and Conte hugged each other at the final whistle.
If Conte does become the next permanent Chelsea manager, he will surely be hopeful of getting the best out of Fabregas, who provided 18 assists in 34 Premier League games last season.
Fabregas has assisted just four goals in 29 Prem matches so far this term.