After days of will he or wont he Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco on a three and a half year deal, in what the player himself described as a “new project”.
The 31 year old Spaniard international. will now like up with former Arsenal team mate Thierry Henry who is currently manager of the French outfit and was one of the Gunners senior players during Fabregas’s early career who he played 303 times since making his debut as Arsenal’s youngest every first team player at the age of 16 years and 177 days.
Following his time at Arsenal Fabergas then spent three years at La Liga side Barcelona, during which time he enjoyed plenty of success winning six trophies in total including La Liga and the World Club Cup before returning to London in 2014 when he moved to Stamford Bridge.
On returning to Stanford Bridge, he continued his success picking up two Premier League titles in his first three seasons under both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, however in what was his final year of his contract he has struggled to get game time this season under new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, starting just only Premier League game so far this season.
Premier League aside, he was handed the captaincy for one last time for the Blues against Nottingham Forest in Saturday’s FA Cup win, fans could see the midfielder in tears as he applauded the fans for what he possibly knew would be the last time as a Chelsea player.
After the announcement Fabergas took to social media to pay tribute to the Chelsea fans saying;
“It has been an incredible journey and it is with great sadness that I must say goodbye, I will miss you all and wish you the best of luck for the future.”
A world Cup winner with Spain, the talented midfielder will be entering new ground after 15 years playing for teams at the top end of their perspective leagues, he joins a side second from bottom of the French elite division having won only twice since Henry was appointed manager in October.
On making the announcement, Monaco’s vice President Vadim Vasilyev commented;
“We are very pleased to welcome Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco, a world-class player and a great professional, whose arrival demonstrates the ambition of the club,” said club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.
“We are convinced that his experience at the highest level will bring a lot to our players on and off the field.