COX: FABREGAS GOING TO MONACO IS BAD FOR HIS CAREER

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Cesc Fabregas left Chelsea and completed a move to French side Monaco just last week.

The 31-year-old Spaniard was used as a bit-part player under Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian favouring summer signing Jorginho as his first choice deep line playmaker. Fabregas was rarely used in the Premier League and was given just one Premier League start under Sarri which led to the Spaniard opting for a move away from the club.

Fabregas then joined struggling French side Monaco, and football pundit Michael Cox believes Fabregas has made the wrong move to leave one of Europe’s biggest teams to play for a side fighting relegation battle.

Monaco are 19th on the table, and are four points away from safety, but their form far from guarantees that they will retain their league status come the end of the season.

Cox emphasised that Fabregas has taken a huge risk as he told the Totally Football Show: “He’s been a really good player for two different clubs. I think we sometimes forget how quickly he had an impact when breaking into the first team.

“He was so good at such a young age that it basically convinced Arsene Wenger to sell Patrick Viera who’d been one of the best players in English football.

“It’s been a funny career. He was outstanding at Arsenal but didn’t really win anything. His spell with Barcelona was strange because it was always cast as a big homecoming but it didn’t work out that well in the end and he kind of came back to England slightly with his tail between his legs.

“He was up for going back to Arsenal. Wenger decided he didn’t want him back at that stage so went to Chelsea ad I quite liked him under Conte because there was this weird thing where he wasn’t convinced by Fabregas’ positional discipline, I think for good reason.

“But Fabregas kept coming off the bench and he just kept creating so many goals that he basically made himself untrappable. He’s been a great player to watch.

“I think his contribution to Spain’s treble success is often overlooked.

“It’s a strange move I think, I know Henry’s at Monaco but I wouldn’t be too sure that Henry will be there come the summer or into next season.

“Monaco are second bottom in the league, they’ve improved a little bit but there’s a good chance that next year he’ll be playing in the second division in France under a manager he might not have heard of.

“For a top player, I think it’s very odd.”

Fabregas played his first game for Monaco on Saturday as they played a 1-1 draw with Marseille away from home.

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