"When you've been at a place for so long, I haven't really had a chance to step out and breathe and see what's out there".
Cesc Fabregas says that he is putting any thoughts about his future to the back of his mind as he looks to deliver more silverware for Chelsea this season. 'Maybe anxious is not the right word but you can imagine, I wasn't playing and not really part of his initial plans. "I wasn't playing, I wasn't really part of (Conte's) initial plans and at that point you can do two things".
"From then on we started to create a relationship, and I think I would say now that my relationship with the manager is fantastic". When pressed on why he had made the decision, the Atletico manager replied: "Because I'm the manager and I make the best decision for the team".
"I think Cesc at the start of the last season did not play a lot, but I was very happy because through work he tried to change my mind and it happened", Conte told reporters.
Fabregas revealed he had to Conte's "method" and "philosophy" in training and be fitter, work harder and adapt defensively to a new role.
"I am only 30", he insisted.
"In the past, Atletico Madrid played a great Champions League and they played in the last few years two finals and it could be a surprise if they don't go into the next round, but this group is not simple".
"Eden enjoys playing our type of football", said Conte. Very proud, very happy and hopefully it's not the end. "His most important desire was to come back". What is that? It is nothing, I'm very young. Especially how I play, the position I play. He trusts me, I know what he wants from me and I know exactly what I can give to the team.
Right now I don't think it's the right time (for talks).
Chelsea's policy is to offer players 30 and over only 12-month contract extensions, but Fabregas is not concerned by that.
"He's a victor in his mind, in his mentality, for this reason he is very strong". 'He's a victor in his mind.
Antonio Conte expects Antoine Griezmann to provide Chelsea a stern test when they face Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The closest he came was defeat in the final with Arsenal in 2006. "What is 30? Nothing", Fabregas added. 'It is a hard competition and it would be fantastic if I can get it. "We need to try to win it, to do our best against a very good opponent".
Atletico, twice runners-up in the last four years, must win at Stamford Bridge and hope Roma drop points against Qarabag to avoid an early exit.