Fabregas leaves Chelsea to join Monaco

Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas challenges for the ball during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Monaco at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille southern France Sunday Jan. 13 2019

Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas challenges for the ball during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Monaco at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille southern France Sunday Jan. 13 2019

Despite Fabregas flying to Monaco to finalise the move on Sunday, Chelsea had been stalling on a deal until the club could find a replacement.

Fabregas' latest challenge will be to try and save Monaco from relegation.

The midfielder's switch to the Ligue 1 club brings the curtain down on his four-and-a-half- year Chelsea career, a period in which he won four major trophies.

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

"Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to Monaco", Premier League Chelsea said on their website as Monaco confirmed he had signed with them until June, 2022.

The deal reunites Fabregas with Thierry Henry, who played with Fabregas at Arsenal and is now Ligue 1 Monaco's coach.

Key to the move was the fact that Monaco are now coached by Fabregas' former Gunners teammate Henry, with whom he won the Premier League in 2004. I'm here to help the team.

"Fabregas departs having helped the club achieve great success, as well as providing our supporters with some wonderful memories". "I am very excited".

In total he scored 22 goals and laid on 57 assists during his 198 appearances for Chelsea, the last of which came on Saturday when he bid an emotional farewell to the club's fans in the final stages of his side's 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

After winning two Premier League titles with the Blues, he has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season under new coach Maurizio Sarri.

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