Fabregas bids farewell to Chelsea with missed penalty

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The 31-year-old has since been linked with a January move to French side, Monaco, with reports in the United Kingdom suggesting that a deal could be completed next week.

Fabregas, often considered to be one of the best midfielders to grace the Premier League since the turn of the century, captained Chelsea in his 501st and final game in English football as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup.

Fabregas' afternoon ended in the 85th minute when he was replaced by Kante, leaving the pitch to a rousing ovation from the home supporters. "I can't say anything out of respect for Chelsea but everyone knows the situation".

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Fabregas has agreed to join Ligue 1 strugglers AS Monaco on a three-year deal, where he will reunite with former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry. "It feels like last week I started playing professionally, and now it has been over 15 years".

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"Thank you for all the moments we've lived and good luck in everything that you do!"

Chelsea dispatched of Championship club Nottingham Forest courtesy of 2 well taken goals from Alvaro Morata, but Twitter was still rather unforgiving towards the Spanish forward after he made an absolute meal of a chance from 3 yards out.

"But for me it's very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it's not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player". "I have told him that if he does not really make it at the very top, I will be disappointed because he is one of these talents you can see can be fantastic".

The teenage winger nearly got one himself when he danced into the box only to see his shot blocked by a good low save by Steele.

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