Cesc Fabregas completes move from Chelsea to Monaco

Cesc Fabregas salutes Chelsea fans after a match

Fabregas put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Stade Louis II after passing a medical earlier in the day, as he teams up with former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry on the Mediterranean coast.

Fabregas leaves Stamford Bridge after a four-and-a-half-year spell that saw him play a key role in two Premier League title triumphs and win the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Fabregas described the move as "a new project", calling it a "great honour".

"I am looking forward to starting, we have a big game against Marseille on Sunday".

The 2010 World Cup victor has penned a three-year deal with Monaco, who has been struggling in the French top flight this season.

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"Fabregas, who scored 22 goals for the club in total, departs having helped the club achieve great success, as well as providing our supporters with some wonderful memories".

Fabregas was previously Jorginho's deputy in the deepest midfield position, with the World Cup victor being the only other central player in our squad capable of dictating the play from that area of the pitch.

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.

Former France and Arsenal striker Henry took charge of Monaco, where he started his playing career, in October - but they have only won twice under his stewardship and are one place off the bottom of Ligue 1 on 13 points from 18 games.

Fabregas will move to Monaco without a fee for now, as Chelsea will be paid via bonuses depending on the Fabregas's performances.

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