The departure of popular Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was confirmed on Friday with the player joining French club AS Monaco on a three-and-a–half-year deal.

The 31-year old Spaniard’s exit was expected after he bid a tearful farewell to supporters at Stamford Bridge last weekend following The Blues’ 2-0 Emirates FA Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest.

Fabregas was strongly linked with Ligue 1 club AS Monaco and Chelsea’s official media sources confirmed the deal on Friday afternoon.

The midfielder has joined an AS Monaco side who are in desperate need of an upturn in fortunes. The Red and Whites finished in second position in Ligue 1 last season but a disastrous first half of 2018/2019 has left the club in 19th position in the league table.

In his four-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas has made 198 appearances in which he scored 22 goals. The midfielder was part of a Chelsea team which won English Premier League titles in both 2014/2015 and 2016/2017 while he lifted both domestic cups with The Blues.

Fabregas had featured for Chelsea just six times in the English Premier League this season prior to his departure with the midfielder being used in a rotational role for the club’s involvement in the cup competitions both in England and in Europe. He leaves The Bridge with the best wishes of everyone associated with the club.

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