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AS Monaco complete signing of Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea

AS Monaco complete signing of Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea

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

Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco have completed the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea.

The World Cup-winning Spaniard had just six months remaining on his existing deal with the Blues and this has eventually paved the way for him to join AS Monaco after the club refused to offer him more than a year's extension.

He will reunite with former Arsenal team-mate and close friend Thierry Henry at Stade Louis II, with the Gunners' all-time top goalscorer taking his first steps in management after Leonardo Jardim was sacked in October.

"It's a great pleasure to join Monaco, a new project for me, " Fabregas said.

During 501 appearances in English football, he won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

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"I'm here to help the team, I'm looking forward to starting".

Key to the move was the fact that Monaco are now coached by Fabregas' former Gunners teammate Henry, with whom he won the Premier League in 2004.

Fabregas scored 22 goals in 198 appearances for Chelsea, having arrived from Barcelona in the summer of 2014. "We have a big game against Marseille on Sunday, I'm very excited".

Chelsea said on their website: "We thank Cesc for his wonderful service and wish him the very best of luck for the next chapter in what has been a fantastic career".

There will be little time for the former Barcelona midfielder to enjoy the Principality, as Monaco now sit second from last in Ligue 1.

"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".


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