Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Cesc Fabregas set to join AS Monaco after emotional Chelsea farewell

Cesc Fabregas set to join AS Monaco after emotional Chelsea farewell

Ahead of the game, numerous reports claimed the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, who has struggled to feature regularly under Maurizio Sarri this season, was poised to leave Chelsea imminently.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea defeated lowly-ranked Nottingham Forest 2-0 in a tough clash FA Cup clash played at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, January 5.

He then went on to make 29 appearances and provide 12 assists as Chelsea regained the league title under Antonio Conte in the 2016/17 season, before helping the Blues win the FA Cup last season. Monaco, as Naija News understands, could be Fabregas' new destination.

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Forest, fortunate not to have makeshift centre-back Claudio Yacob dismissed for a last-man trip on Morata in the first half, held out for four minutes of the second period before conceding.

The Spaniard missed a penalty for the Blues, with Forest keeper Luke Steele making the save.

Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini, who spoke at a post-match press conference, suggested that Loftus-Cheek might now be out of action for some time in order for the problem to be addressed.

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"It is always something that I have had, and it feels like growing up and getting older, it is one of those things that really does never go away because it is technique", he told Chelsea's website.

Fabregas' afternoon ended in the 85th minute when he was replaced by Kante, leaving the pitch to a rousing ovation from the home supporters.

Hudson-Odoi has been the subject of transfer speculation this week, with Bayern Munich thought to have tabled a £30 million bid for the talented teenager.

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Steele was the hero again later in the half, meanwhile, as he dived down to his right to push aside Fabregas's stuttered spot kick after Ruben Loftus-Cheek was brought down in the box by Danny Fox.

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