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Team 18 June 2022, 11:00

Merci Cesc!

Merci Cesc!
The midfielder has played more than 830 career games, and as his contract is coming to an end, he leaves the Principality club three and a half years after his arrival.

An important element of the Monegasque squad, the 2010 World champion brought to the young Monegasque team his experience, his aura and his knowledge of the game acquired throughout his career with his previous clubs, Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea.

Joining the Club in the January transfer window in 2019, along with Gelson Martins, to strengthen a team that was then in a difficult situation in the league, the former Chelsea player was key in helping the team avoid relegation.

Cesc Fàbregas then took part in the 2019-20 season (22 games, three assists), which should mark the team’s sporting recovery but which was unfortunately abruptly interrupted by the stoppage of the league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

World and European Champion with Spain

During the following season, the Catalan midfielder continued to be a key part of the progress of the squad on the pitch but also off of it, by sharing his advice to the team’s young midfielders Aurélien Tchouameni and Youssouf Fofana, who had arrived a few months earlier, or Eliot Matazo, trained at the Club and who became a part of the first team.

In November 2020, he had one of his best performances in Rouge et Blanc during the match against Paris Saint-Germain. Entering the game at the interval with his teammates trailing (0-2), he got his team on level terms by setting up the equalizing goal for Kevin Volland (2-2), before scoring the winner with a perfectly-executed penalty (3-2).

It was a nice nod to his ability from twelve yards, as it was he whose prowess in a penalty shootout against Italy in the quarterfinals of Euro 2008 and in the semifinals of Euro 2012 against Portugal contributed to the two consecutive continental crowns won by the Spanish national team.

In the meantime, Cesc Fàbregas had also become world champion and had even delivered the decisive pass on the only goal of the final against the Netherlands (1-0).

More than 830 matches in his career

His three goals and six assists greatly helped AS Monaco climb to finish in third place and on the podium at the end of the 2020-2021 season.

During the 2021-22 season, which ended a few weeks ago with the team in third place in Ligue 1, he was unfortunately held back by injuries.

Despite everything, Cesc Fàbregas held a place of pride within the Monegasque squad, and never ceased to encourage his teammates or be generous in his words and gestures. He has been a player who, from the start of his 833 matches at the highest level – including the first played under the direction of Arsène Wenger alongside Thierry Henry at Arsenal – has had an exceptional track record.

AS Monaco thanks Cesc Fàbregas for these three and a half years at the Club and wishes him the best for the future.

Moltes gràcies, Cesc!

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