Cesc Fabregas has officially joined Monaco

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has officially joined Ligue 1 side Monaco, managed by Thierry Henry – his former Arsenal team-mate, ending his four-and-a-half-year spell at Chelsea. He signed a three-and-a-half year deal.

Chelsea are now expected to move ahead for his replacement with deals for either Leandro Paredes or Nicolo Barella. The 31-year-old Spaniard captained the Blues in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest on Saturday and was in tears as he applauded fans at the final whistle.

He told Monaco’s official website:

‘It is a great pleasure to join AS Monaco, a new project for me, the group is of quality with young players and a young coach.

I’m here to help the team, I’m looking forward to starting, we have a great match to play in Marseille on Sunday. I am very excited.’

The Spanish playmaker won two Premier League titles at Chelsea under two different managers, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, as well as lifting the FA Cup and League Cup.

Fabregas described the move as “a new project”, calling it a “great honour”.

He has won the FA Cup for Arsenal and played in the 2006 Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, before joining the Catalan giants in 2011.

He won six trophies with Barcelona, including La Liga and the Club World Cup, then returned to England to win the Premier League twice in three seasons with Chelsea, first under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte.

From his twitter account his shirt number will be 44 because his usual number 4 is already taken.

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