Fabregas leaves Chelsea for Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco

Cesc Fabregas will now look to aid the Ligue 1 strugglers

Cesc Fabregas will now look to aid the Ligue 1 strugglers

But a move for midfielder William Vainqueur from Turkish club Antalyaspor fell through, after he failed a medical due to a calf problem.

Despite Fabregas flying to Monaco to finalise the move on Sunday, Chelsea had been stalling on a deal until the club could find a replacement.

The midfielder's switch to the Ligue 1 club brings the curtain down on his four-and-a-half- year Chelsea career, a period in which he won four major trophies.

Fabregas is now joining up with Thierry Henry, a former teammate and current manager of the municipality club, who was the Spaniard's captain at Arsenal.

"Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to Monaco", Premier League Chelsea said on their website as Monaco confirmed he had signed with them until June, 2022.

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Fabregas scored 22 goals in 198 appearances for Chelsea, having arrived from Barcelona in the summer of 2014. "It is a quality squad with young players and a young coach", said Fabregas, referring Henry. "I am very excited", he added.

Avoiding serious injury helped him to play around 650 club games and to score 121 goals - winning league titles with Barcelona and Chelsea and domestic Cup competitions with all three sides.

"This is obviously a very good technical reinforcement for the team but we are convinced that his experience at the highest level will bring a lot to our players on and off the field".

However, they have won just twice in nine league games since Henry's arrival and now languish in the relegation zone, five points from safety before the weekend's matches.

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