Cesc Fabregas has completed a permanent transfer to French club Monaco, with the 31-year-old midfielder signing a three-and-a-half year deal about a fortnight ago.
The Spaniard made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 22 goals and he left 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.”
Fabregas left Chelsea to play under former teammate Thierry Henry but the Frenchman has now been sacked, with former boss Leonardo Jadim back at the club.
Asked about Henry’s sacking ahead of Monaco’s clash with Guingamp, Fabregas replied: “Football doesn’t wait for anyone.
“Unfortunately, maybe he didn’t have the right time to make all his plans. Now we are in a new situation.”
Fabregas played three games under Henry, but will now have to prove himself under Jadim.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was unhappy to lose Fabregas and tried to prevent the Spaniard from leaving, but it was beyond his decision.
Asked if he hopes to keep Fabregas despite interest from Monaco, Sarri said (before the sale): “I can say only my opinion. I don’t know the decision of the club of course. In my opinion he needs to go.
“You know there is a rule for the renewal of players over 30 is usually for one year he has an offer for 2 years and I don’t want a very important player as Cesc not happy but this is only my opinion it depends on the club.”