Fabre­gas com­pletes move from Chelsea to Monaco, re­unites with Henry

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Cesc Fabre­gas has com­pleted his move to from Chelsea to Ligue 1 strug­glers Monaco, a source close to the deal con­firmed yesterday. Fabre­gas put pen to pa­per on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Stade Louis II after pass­ing a med­i­cal ear­lier in the day, as he teams up with for­mer Arse­nal team­mate Thierry Henry on the Mediter­ranean coast.

A source said that Chelsea will only re­ceive pay­ments re­lated to Fabre­gas’ performance on the Mediter­ranean coast, con­trast­ing with me­dia reports that Monaco had already agreed to pay Chelsea 10mn eu­ros ($11.5mn) for the player who could now make his de­but for his new club in to­mor­row’s Ligue 1 game away at Mar­seille. Fabre­gas played with Henry at Arse­nal at the start of his ca­reer, be­tween 2003 and 2007, and the two share the same agent in Dar­ren Dein. Now 31, Fabre­gas even­tu­ally made the same move as Henry when he left the Emi­rates Sta­dium for Barcelona, but he re­turned to English foot­ball with Chelsea in 2014.

After win­ning two Premier League ti­tles with the Blues, he has fallen out of favour at Stam­ford Bridge this sea­son un­der new coach Mau­r­izio Sarri. Fabre­gas made a tear­ful farewell to Chelsea fans in Satur­day’s 2-0 FA Cup win at home against Not­ting­ham For­est, where he had a penalty saved.

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 cur­rently in cri­sis. France leg­end Henry was ap­pointed coach in Oc­to­ber after Monaco started the sea­son poorly un­der Leonardo Jardim.

How­ever, they have won just twice in nine league games since Henry’s ar­rival and cur­rently lan­guish in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, five points from safety be­fore the week­end’s matches. Nev­er­the­less, Monaco have already pro­gressed in both do­mes­tic cup com­pe­ti­tions since the turn of the year, and the ar­rival of Fabre­gas takes the num­ber of sign­ings made by Monaco in the Jan­uary win­dow to three already.

Vet­eran de­fender Naldo was the first to join from Ger­man club Schalke 04, and on Thurs­day Monaco an­nounced the sign­ing of France un­der-21 left-back Fode Ballo-Toure from Lille for 11 mn eu­ros plus bonuses.

One player who will not now be sign­ing on at the Stade Louis II, though, is the mid­fielder Wil­liam Vain­queur. The for­mer Mar­seille and Roma player was ex­pected to put pen to pa­per on a move from Turk­ish club An­talyas­por, but Monaco an­nounced ear­lier yesterday that he had failed a med­i­cal due to a calf prob­lem.

Cesc Fabre­gas has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Monaco.

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