Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas joins Monaco, who are managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, on a three-and-a-half year deal.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco, managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, on a three-and-a-half year deal.
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 joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014, having played 303 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011.
Fabregas described the move as “a new project”, calling it a “great honour”.
“I’m here to help the team, I’m looking forward to starting. I am very excited,” he added.
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BBC Sport understands Monaco have not paid a fee for Fabregas but will pay ‘bonuses’ to Chelsea linked to his performances.
Fabregas won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup in 501 appearances in English football.
With the Gunners, he won the FA Cup and played in the 2006 Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, before joining the Catalan giants in 2011.
Having won six trophies with Barcelona, including La Liga and the Club World Cup, he returned to England to win the Premier League twice in three seasons with Chelsea, first under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte.