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Cesc Fabregas has taken to Twitter as he sent an heartfelt message to Chelsea fans after joining French side AS Monaco on a permanent move earlier tonight.

The Spaniard wrote: “It’s with mixed emotions that I am writing this message. To everyone at Chelsea Football Club.

The owner Mr Abramovich who brought me here, to my teammates who helped me win so many trophies, to the staff who made my time here so easy and to you all fans who made me feel so special week in week out. It has been an incredible journey and it is with great sadness that I must say goodbye.

I will miss you all and wish you the best of luck for the future!”

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Cesc Fabregas has joined Ligue 1 side AS Monaco on a permanent move, Chelsea confirmed earlier tonight.

An official statement read: “Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to Monaco.

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, including two Premier League titles.

The Spaniard made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 22 goals.

We thank Cesc for his wonderful service and wish him the very best of luck for the next chapter in what has been a fantastic career”.

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Reports from Italy and England suggested a potential January move for Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri urged to find a replacement before letting Cesc Fabregas leave Stamford Bridge.

It is understood the Spaniard has agreed a more lucrative long-term deal with the Ligue 1 side, however the move has been reportedly put on hold until tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against Spurs.

The Italian ace emerged as a potential substitute in midfield and Maurizio Sarri has been a huge admirer of the 21-year-old since his spell in charge at SSC Napoli.

Despite a reported £45m move for Barella could reasonably look unlikely just a week following the £58m signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, we understand a £45m deal would be suitable for both sides even in the January transfer window.

If Chelsea would bring in two highly-rated talents among the prospect of a possible transfer ban in a near future, Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini could reinvest a part of the huge transfer fee to find a replacement [Nahitan Nandez from Boca Juniors, according to their president], with a project financing for a new multi-purpose stadium still ongoing.

Ergo, a surprise move for Barella in January does not reasonably look unlikely anymore.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cesc Fabregas ‘has an offer for two years’ and this is the reason why ‘he needs to go’ in the January transfer window.

It is understood the Spaniard is contracted at Stamford Bridge until the end of current season.

The Italian boss told journalists: “You know very well the situation. You know very well in this club there is a rule: the renewal of players over 30 is usually one year.

“He has an offer [from AS Monaco] for two years. I don’t want a very important player as Cesc unhappy.”

Then Sarri added: “If Cesc will go, of course we need a replacement. Now, with the midfielders we are in trouble, I think”.

“Without Cesc we have only five, so we are in trouble. We need a replacement.”

Maurizio Sarri, when asked if whether Cagliari starlet Nicolò Barella or Zenit St.Petersburg ace Leandro Paredes could be proper replacement of Fabregas, refused to speak about ‘players of other teams’.

 

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Carabao Cup semifinal vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injury’s updates.

Pedro, Willian and Giroud are doing better, yesterday they had training with their team-mates, with the group”. the Italian explained. “I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow, maybe not for 90 minutes.’

On the other hand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who left the pitch during Saturday’s Fa Cup game at Stamford Bridge vs Nottingham Forest won’t be part of the team tomorrow at Wembley: “Loftus-Cheek of course is out now, we have to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble.” Sarri added.

Then, Sarri also spoke about January transfer window: he admitted he thinks Fabregas should leave Chelsea, but, in that case, the club must sign a replacement: “I can say only my opinion. I don’t know the decision of the club. In my opinion he needs to go. You know very well the situation and in this club there is a rule, the renewal for players over 30 is usually one year, he has an offer for three years and I don’t want a very important player like Cesc not happy, but that’s only my opinion, it depends on the club”. Sarri claimed. “If Cesc will go of course we need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble because I don’t know about the situation with Loftus-Cheek, if it’s serious or not, without Cesc we only have five so we need a replacement.”

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Last night Cesc Fabregas was tearful as he applauded all sides of Stamford Bridge after 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest, during which he had a first-half penalty saved.

The 31-year-old’s contract expires this summer and he has been linked with a January move to Monaco, and a reunion with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.

Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in June 2014 – two years after Hazard signed from Lille – and has won two Premier League titles along with the 2015 League Cup and 2018 FA Cup, during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard paid tribute to his team-mate, claiming it was an honour to play alongside him during these last years:

“In five years, I can say that I was lucky to play with him,” Hazard said.

“Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together.

“Top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, a great friend of mine.

“Just admiration about this guy. I hope he will have a good future. It’s a bit hard now, but he’s still very good and he will enjoy.”

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In the post match press conference after Chelsea‘s win vs Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, Carlo Cudicini replaced Gianfranco Zola and commented on Cesc Fabregas who not only missed a penalty, but also probably played his last match with the Blues before joining As Monaco.

I don’t know If it is the last game it is good he played in front of his fans. As I said I don’t know. He was captain in pre-season when Cahill wasn’t on, Aspi wasn’t He can take penalties, it won’t be the first or the last when someone misses a penalty. The keeper did well”. Cudicini said. “What can I say about Cesc? 500 games. He is unique in his position, unbelievable visiojn, awareness and he can spot runs behind the defensive line so precise. He is one of a kind that can do that. He has been fantastic for the teams before us and the contribution to his club has been amazing. He has been fantastic”.

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Cesc Fabregas will captain Chelsea today in the upcoming FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest, which will be his last game in a Blues’ shirt before a move to AS Monaco.

The Spaniard, who looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in January after turning down a potential switch to Serie A giants AC Milan, will start in midfield along with Ethan Ampadu and Ross Barkley.

Here’s the starting XI for Chelsea: Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Palmieri; Ampadu, Fabregas, Barkley; Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

More to follow…

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For tomorrow’s game vs Nottingham Forest, Sarri’s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has ruled out Willian, Olivier Giroud and Pedro.

The injuries will leave space for some of the young players”. Zola explained. “There are players who have played five or six games in a short period of time, so it will be necessary to do a little bit of rotation”.

One of the player who will be included in the starting XI will be Callum Hudson-Odoi: “Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in full training. Yesterday he trained with the whole team and he is certainly available”. Zola revealed. “It is very much looking like he is going to play.” Not only he is going to play tomorrow, but the youngster will stay for a long time at Stamford Bridge:

I know Bayern Munich are very interested in him but we are as well. We have proposed him a contract for quite a while so we are waiting to see what the player thinks about that. We certainly value him as a player. I know he has not played probably as much as he wanted but this is down to the quality of the players he has in front of him”. the assistant coach went on. “But I have already told him it is not a waste of time. It is a time you can really get better and I hope Callum is using this time in a wise way as it will do good things to his football, and hopefully he will come to sign the contract with us. We believe he can have a bright future here”.

On the other hand, Cesc Fabregas destiny could probably be different: “Cesc has always been a wonderful professional ever since I have been here. I don’t know to be honest”. Zola said. “You are asking me a question I wish could answer. His contract runs out in six months and I don’t know how it is going to go but despite that, I know if he plays tomorrow he will as usual deliver a good performance.”

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Cesc Fabregas is edging ever closer to joining AS Monaco in January, as French publication L’Equipe wrote on Wednesday.

The midfielder, who came off the bench to replace Ross Barkley in the Blues’ goalless draw against Southampton last night, tweeted earlier this morning: “500 games in English football, the best and most competitive football in the world, what a ride it has been! A proper dream come true to reach these numbers. Another proud moment in my career. I will see you all at the Bridge on Saturday”.

The Spaniard, who has been heavily linked also with a move to AC Milan, is expected to play his last game for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest, in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday.

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