Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea midfielder joins Monaco

Nicola Barella Leandro Paredes

It has now been confirmed that Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to the Ligue 1 outfit on a permanent deal. But with Monaco it will be totally different as he goes straight into a relegation scrap, with Henry's side mired in 19th place ahead of Sunday's (Monday NZT) trip to face sixth-place Marseille.

Fabregas made a tearful farewell to Chelsea fans in Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup win at home against Nottingham Forest, where he had a penalty saved.

Chelsea's pursuit of a replacement has not been fully funded be Fabregas' departure, but we could receive up to £10M depending on his and Monaco's performances over the next three-and-a-half-years of his contract.

The 31-year-old, who played for Arsenal from 2003-11 and Chelsea from 2014, won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

"It's a great pleasure to join Monaco, a new project for me, " Fabregas said. I'm here to help the team.

"Big goals and outstanding moments of quality, all backed up by the ultimate aim, which is to be part of a successful, trophy-winning team".

Further title success came in the 2016/17 season before he lifted the FA Cup for the first time last season.

Fabregas has been used to being near the top of the league during spells with Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea.

"We are very pleased to welcome Cesc Fabregas, a world-class player and a great professional, whose arrival demonstrates the ambition of the club", said Vadim Vasilyev, the club's vice president and general manager.

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