In 2019 Cesc Fàbregas and Youri Tielemans played together at AS Monaco.

In 2019 Cesc Fàbregas and Youri Tielemans played together at AS Monaco. © BELGAIMAGE

Cesc Fàbregas and AS Monaco will part after this season. The 35-year-old Spaniard confirmed that his contract with coach Philippe Clement’s club will not be extended.

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Cesc Fàbregas is having a dramatic season. The midfielder collected only 159 minutes in all competitions at AS Monaco. He was sidelined for more than three months with a hamstring injury in the early part of the season, then never made it into Philippe Clement’s plans and is currently sidelined again with a foot injury.

“This has been the worst year of my career, but I’m glad it happened now and not when I was 25,” Fabregas said in an interview with So Foot† “So it could have been worse. In the last nineteen years I have played almost 900 games and have won almost everything.”

Don’t stop like this

The Spaniard is not thinking about stopping yet. “This year has been so bad that I can’t finish with this. I have a feeling it’s not over yet. I want to continue to enjoy football,” said Fabregas. “I’m open to anything, I just want to have fun. It doesn’t matter where that is, it’s how I feel.” A return to Spain? A lucrative transfer to the Middle East? Or is a Belgian (top) club taking a chance? Everything is possible.

Fàbregas’ career has been declining for several years. He had his best years at Arsenal, the club for whom he played more than 300 official games between 2004 and 2011. In 2011, he moved to his youth club Barcelona before returning to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2014. He was there every time Spain won the European Championship in 2008, became world champion in 2010 and again became European champion in 2012.

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