Cesc Fabregas delighted to join Monaco's 'new project'

Nicola Barella Leandro Paredes

Cesc Fabregas has left Chelsea to join Thierry Henry's Monaco, signing a three-and-a-half year deal.

Having enjoyed a glittering career, capped by winning the World Cup with Spain in 2010, Fabregas arrives at a club who were French champions just 18 months ago but are now in crisis.

However, they had a change of heart after being convinced by the 30-year-old, who follows fellow midfielder Cesc Fabregas in moving to the Stade Louis II.

"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, " Chelsea FC wrote.

After starting out with Arsenal as a roaming attacking midfielder with a clinical eye for goal and a deft pass, Fabregas moved into a deeper-lying position over the years where his vision of the game and outstanding passing range helped him to remain influential in games with Chelsea.

"The group is quality with young players and a young coach".

Vainqueur added: "My first feeling was disappointment when I knew I was not ready to play for AS Monaco immediately".

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The Spaniard as joined the French club on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Batshuayi returned to Chelsea this month after an uninspiring spell at Valencia on loan, scoring just once in La Liga.

The original plan was for Chelsea to only let Fabregas go when replacements have been found.

They face Marseille, a club Vainqueur played for on loan in 2016-17, on Sunday.

Given that he is now plying his trade in Russian Federation with Zenit St. Petersburg, Leandro Paredes would be a very attainable target for Chelse.

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

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