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Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to French club Monaco, with the 31-year-old midfielder signing a three-and-a-half year deal.

Fabregas is the fourth signing made by Monaco in the January transfer window.

In a statement confirming Fabregas’ move to Monaco, Chelsea said: “Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to Monaco.

“The midfielder’s switch to the Ligue 1 club brings the curtain down on his four-and-a-half year Chelsea career, a period in which he won four major trophies, including two Premier League titles.

“We thank Cesc for his wonderful service and wish him the very best of luck for the next chapter in what has been a fantastic career.”

The Spaniard made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 22 goals and he leaves England with the second-highest number of assists in Premier League history.

In his last match for Chelsea, a 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, Fabregas said: “Time flies.

“It feels like last week that I started playing professionally and now it’s more than 15 years. It goes so fast and you have to be ready every three days, for the criticism with everyone saying how good you are and the ups and downs.

“It feels like growing older it never goes away it is technique. Physicality goes away. Technicality stays with you.”

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