Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cesc Fabregas delighted to join Monaco's 'new project'

Cesc Fabregas delighted to join Monaco's 'new project'

Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014 and had initially been a key player for Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, winning the Premier League title under both.

His tenure at the Emirates Stadium saw him win the FA Cup and also played in the 2006 Champions League final, which they lost to Barcelona, before joining the Catalan giants in 2011.

"In my opinion we need two players, but then it is up to the club".

Monaco are now 19th in Ligue 1 having scored just 16 goals.

The 31-year-old Fabregas struggled to earn regular first-team action with the Blues this season and had made just six appearances in the Premier League this season prior to his departure.

It is understood that Fabregas will move to Monaco without a fee for now, as Chelsea will be paid via bonuses depending on the midfield maestro's performances.

"It makes sense for everybody - a happy ending for Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea".

Fabregas puts pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Stade Louis II after passing a medical earlier in the day on the Mediterranean coast.

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Fabregas scored 22 goals for the London club in 198 appearances.

"He's going to Monaco, on a three-and-a-half year contract and living in the south of France, and also Chelsea will be saving a lot of money on wages they pay him".

Fabregas described the move as "a new project" and a "great honour".

"The group is of quality with young players and a young coach".

Sarri said: "As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market". Chelsea still went on to win the game 2-0, though, and Fabregas was given a standing ovation when he was substituted later in the game.

So, who should the Blues be looking at to replace the 110-time Spanish worldwide?

The Premier League club are understood to be interested in deals for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Cesc Fabregas is an assist merchant. The Italy worldwide is extremely adept at breaking up play and would provide a great screen in front of Sarri's back four but may perhaps be an even better deputy for N'Golo Kanté.

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