Fabregas joins Monaco from Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi of Valencia CF during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Sporting Gijon v Valencia at the El Molinon

Michy Batshuayi of Valencia CF during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Sporting Gijon v Valencia at the El Molinon

Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to AS Monaco in a deal worth £10 million ($12.8m).

Monaco, who have also been strongly linked to another Chelsea player, Michy Batshuayi, expressed their delight at the signing of Fabregas which they hope will belatedly kick-start their campaign.

Cesc Fabregas played 303 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011, helping the club win the 2005 FA Cup.

"The Spaniard made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 22 goals".

"It is a great pleasure to join AS Monaco, a new project for me", he told Monaco's official website. "It is a quality squad with young players and a young coach", said Fabregas, referring to former France striker Henry. "We have a big game against Marseille on Sunday, I'm very excited".

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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 leaves Chelsea after four-and-half years at Stamford Bridge to link up with former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry at Stade Louis II.

Well, the fallout has been surprisingly muted, aside from a tweet by Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson who shed new light on Chelsea's replacement plans.

The Zenit St-Petersburg midfielder has scored 10 goals and grabbed 15 assists during his time in Russian Federation. But I really wanted to wear Monegasque colors so I spontaneously proposed to the club to make every effort to evolve in Monaco. "We'll see what happens, but he's a player that can be interesting, that's for sure", declared Henry.

The Spanish midfielder began his career in England at Arsenal after joining them from Barcelona's academy and was named as the club's captain in 2008.He spent almost eight years at Arsenal before returning to his boyhood club in 2011.

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