Cesc Fabregas’ love affair with English has seemingly come to an end with reports suggesting he is on the verge of joining Monaco.
The 31-year-old Spain international broke down in tears as he made what is expected to be his last ever appearances for Chelsea during the Blues 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest earlier today.
Fabregas burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old with Arsenal and will go down in history as one of the classiest playmakers the Premier League has ever seen. Here’s some of the best reaction to news of his departure.
Chelsea fans give the Spaniard a rousing send off and it all gets a bit too much for the talented playmaker.
An emotional farewell for Cesc Fabregas 👋😢pic.twitter.com/zR0cRNaywy
— Goal (@goal) January 5, 2019
Fabregas is now expected to link up with his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry at Monaco.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 5, 2019
Not a bad record after over 500 games in English Football.
The end of an era as Cesc Fabregas looks to have played his last game in English football.
⚽️ 81 Goals
🎯 149 Assists
🏆🏆 Premier League
🏆🏆 FA Cup
🏆 League Cup
🏆 Community Shield
💙 Farewell, Cesc! https://t.co/KJwQgKeBea
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) January 5, 2019
Fabregas is second on the all time list of Premier League assist makers, but is in fact the quickest player to reach 100 assists.
Cesc Fàbregas is the fastest player to provide 100 Premier League assists and the only player to provide 10+ assists in six different seasons.
Playmaker extraordinaire. 🙇♂️ pic.twitter.com/weE72h3RKW
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 5, 2019
Chelsea fans across the globe have been paying tribute to Fabregas’ role in their two most recent Premier League title triumphs.
MOTD host and twitteraholic Gary Linker pays tribute.
Emotional scenes at Stamford Bridge as @cesc4official walks off the field in tears in what is clearly his last game in English football. He’s been a credit to our game. Wonderful footballer and a top bloke. Wish him well. 👏👏
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 5, 2019
Former Middlesbrough and Spain midfielder Gaizka Mendieta labels Fabregas as a Premier League legend.
Gaizka Mendieta spoke to us at the #StarSixes about Cesc Fàbregas:
“He came to the Premier League very young and made a huge impact at Arsenal and Chelsea.”
“The fans love him. He’s definitely a living legend of the Premier League and for Spain.” pic.twitter.com/UosOBaHnXH
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 5, 2019