Cesc Fabregas’ first words as a Monaco player in a message to Roman Abramovich and Chelsea fans

Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has released a message of thanks to fans of the Blues, their owner Roman Abramovich and staff at the club after his move to Monaco was confirmed.

A two-time Premier League champion during his time at Stamford Bridge, he first came to prominence as a Premier League player at Arsenal.

The 31-year-old won only a single FA Cup under Arsene Wenger but did finish as a runner up in the Champions League to Barcelona in 2006, the club he left to join the Gunners as a youngster in 2003.

Fabregas returned to the Catalans in 2011 and won every domestic trophy available to him at the Camp Nou. For his country he is a double European champion and lifted the World Cup in 2010.

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He became a Chelsea player in 2014 and picked up his second FA Cup winner’s medal in 2018 after having also added the League Cup to his personal collection of honours in 2015.

During his time playing for Jose Mourinho, he was the creative focal point of the team from midfield. Antonio Conte was initially reluctant to name Fabregas in his team, only to be won over after the Spaniard proved his quality off the bench and when granted the opportunity to impress in cup games.

Maurizio Sarri used the playmaker as a back up to his summer signing from Napoli, Jorginho. He has already called upon the club to sign a successor to the veteran creator.

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In a message posted to his official Twitter account Fabregas 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, the staff who made my time here so easy and to all you 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 and wish you the best of luck for the future.”

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