Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco to a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 31-year-old Spaniard captained the Blues in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest on Saturday and has been in tears since he chased fans at the final whistle.

He joined Chelsea out of Barcelona in 2014, with played 303 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011.

“this is a great fun to combine AS Monaco, [it’s ] a new project for mepersonally,” said Fabregas.

“I’m here to help your staff, and I’m excited about starting. Iam really excited”

Fabregas won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup in 501 looks in English football.

With the Gunners, he won the FA Cup and played in the 2006 Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, until linking the Catalan giants in 2011.

Having won six trophies with Barcelona, for example La Liga and also the Club World Cup, he returned to England to win the Premier League twice in three seasons with Chelsea, initially under Jose Mourinho after which Antonio Conte.

In what was the final season of the contract at Stamford Bridge, he had started only 1 Premier League game under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Former France and Arsenal striker Henry took control of Monaco, where he started his own acting career, in October – however they will have won twice under his stewardship and so are one place away the bottom of Ligue 1 to 13 points out of 18 games.

“we’re very happy to welcome Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco, a worldclass player and also a great professional, whose arrival demonstrates the dream of the club,” said club vicepresident Vadim Vasilyev.

“We are of the opinion that his experience at the highest level brings a lot to our players off the arena “

IE]>Cesc Fabregas with Paul Warne

Fabregas’ English football highlights:

October 2003: becomes Arsenal’s youngest participant aged just 16 Decades and 177 days

December 2003: scores against Wolves in League Cup to become Arsenal’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 16 Decades and 212 days

Might 2006: Champions League Runnerup and appointed in Uefa team of the Season

April 2008: wins PFA Young Player of the Year, also named in Uefa and also PFA teams of the Season

November 2008: named Arsenal captain

April 2010: called in PFA group of the Season

March 2015: wins League Cup with Chelsea

Might 2015: wins Premierleague

Might 2018: wins FA Cup following 1-0 victory over Manchester United