'He will be remembered as an all-time legend of English football'
Writing for Goal, Nizaar Kinsella recalls Cesc Fabregas' career at Chelsea and insists the Man in the Magic Hat 'still has some magic left in his boots to delight Monaco supporters'.
AS Monaco have officially confirmed the arrival of Cesc Fabregas to Stade Louis II. Les Monegasques are currently trying to survive in the Ligue 1 as they are second bottom of the table. That's definitely something Cesc isn't used to.
"He now moves on to Monaco, coached by his former Arsenal colleague Thierry Henry, having been understandably unwilling to continue as a deputy to Jorginho at Chelsea. English football's loss is French football's gain and he will be a crucial addition to a Monaco side fighting against relegation from Ligue 1. It is an unusual situation for Fabregas to find himself in as he has spent a decade-and-a-half dominating midfields for trophy-chasing sides."
The Spaniard had an emotional night at Stamford Bridge where he put on the Blue shirt for the last time in his career against Nottingham Forest in the 2-0 FA Cup victory.
"The FA Cup win against Nottingham Forest was his Chelsea swan-song. It was, incredibly, his 501st appearance in English football. During that time he has also scored 79 goals, won two Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, a League Cup, Community Shield, been the EPL’s top assist provider for a season on three occasions and in the PFA Team of the Year twice."
Pride of London!
Shortly after the clash against Forest Fabregas said:
"It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years," a reflective Fabregas told Chelsea's official website. It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast. In football you have to be ready every three days, you have to live with criticism, you have to live with everyone saying how good you are.
Once again: thanks for everything, Cesc!
"All true football fans - especially those of a Chelsea and Arsenal persuasion - have certainly enjoyed watching Fabregas over the last 15 years. He will be remembered as an all-time legend of English football and, at the age of just 31, he still has some magic left in his boots to delight Monaco and Ligue 1 supporters."
What's your favourite Fabregas moment?