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Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas released by Monaco with 35-year-old’s career in limbo

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CESC Fabregas has been shown the door by Monaco after an injury-plagued stay on the French Riviera.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea star joined the Ligue 1 club amid high expectations in January 2019.

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Fabregas endured a horror injury-ravaged last season at Monaco[/caption]
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Fabregas returned to London after his Barcelona stint with Chelsea[/caption]

But Spain midfielder Fabregas has since made just 67 appearances for them – including a mere FIVE last season.

Monaco have now opted not to offer the 35-year-old a new contract.

They paid a lengthy tribute to the World Cup winner on their website.

However, they admitted: “The former Barcelona academy product was unfortunately held back by injuries last season.

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“He nonetheless kept a vital role at the heart of our squad, never stopped encouraging his team-mates, and remained valuable in word and deed.

“He has an exceptional CV, with 833 top-level games played – with the earliest under Arsene Wenger’s management and alongside Thierry Henry at Arsenal.

“Monaco thanks Cesc Fabregas for his three and a half years at the club, and wishes him all the best for the future.”

Fabregas scored 57 goals in 303 Arsenal games, winning the 2005 FA Cup with the Gunners.

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He joined Chelsea in 2014 after a three-year spell with Barcelona, and helped the Blues win two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the FA Cup.

Capped 110 times, the midfielder helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup as well as the Euro 2008 and 2012 titles.

Fabregas revealed in May he would not be taking up a contract extension with Monaco, describing his injury-hit season as: “the worst year of my life”.

Now a free agent, the Spaniard will need to find a new club if he is to prolong his football career.

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