Cesc Fabregas completes move from Chelsea to Monaco

Cesc Fabregas salutes Chelsea fans after a match

Cesc Fabregas salutes Chelsea fans after a match

Cesc Fabregas has joined AS Monaco on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Chelsea, where he will be coached by former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry.

He joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014, having played 303 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011.

"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", club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said in a statement.

"I'm looking forward to starting, we have a great match to play in Marseille on Sunday. I am very excited", he added.

However, he could not establish himself the same way under Maurizio Sarri and he managed just one Premier League start for the club prior to his confirmed departure.

The Spaniard has called time on a four-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge, which saw the midfielder win two Premier League titles, as well as one FA Cup and one League Cup.

The 31-year-old Fabregas is young enough to be considered a big signing for Monaco and he could have a major bearing on the club's chances of staying up.

"Fabregas, who scored 22 goals for the club in total, departs having helped the club achieve great success, as well as providing our supporters with some wonderful memories".

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

Fabregas arrived at Stamford Bridge as a 2012 European Championship and 2010 World Cup victor with Spain.

There will be little time for the former Barcelona midfielder to enjoy the Principality, as Monaco now sit second from last in Ligue 1.

The Spanish midfielder has completed his move to Monaco.

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