Fabregas bids possible farewell to English football as Chelsea advances in FA Cup

Agencies | Published: January 06, 2019 13:35:08 | Updated: January 07, 2019 11:19:22


Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas applauds the supporters at the end of the English FA Cup third round football match against Nottingham Forest at the Stamford Bridge in London on Saturday — AP photo

Cesc Fabregas might have played his last game not only for Chelsea but also in English football after bidding the team's fans an emotional farewell near the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The former Spain midfielder, who wore the captain's armband for the game, had a penalty saved in the first half and was substituted with six minutes remaining. He waved to supporters at Stamford Bridge, patted the badge on his jersey, was hugged by David Luiz and Eden Hazard, and appeared on the verge of tears as he walked off the field, reports AP.

Fabregas, 31, has been linked with a move to French team Monaco, which is coached by former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry. He has played at Chelsea since 2014, having spent eight years at Arsenal (2003-11) after three years at Barcelona.

The two-time Premier League winner was the last man to leave the pitch after the match, his 501st in English football, according to a BBC report.

Earlier in the game, Alvaro Morata scored Chelsea's goals against Forest in the 49th and 59th minutes, with 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi setting them up with crosses from the right. Hudson-Odoi has also been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Bayern Munich reportedly interested.

Chelsea is the defending champion in the FA Cup, after beating Manchester United in last season's final.

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