Cesc Fabregas has bade farewell to his Chelsea team-mates at Stamford Bridge, per reports.
Following their win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round, Fabregas is said to have advanced talks with Monaco over a potential move to the club.
His contract is due for expiration at the end of the season and Maurizio Sarri has given him the nod to seal a transfer away from the club.
He was the Captain of Chelsea in the FA Cup clash. He missed a penalty through the game and he was substituted in the second half. He applauded the fans just before he left the pitch and it is now claimed that he was teary in the dressing room after the game.
“He did a speech and then after that we all said thank you for him, and hugged him,” said David Luiz, who declined to reveal what Fabregas said.
Luiz added: “It’s always difficult to lose players, especially like him, because, like I say, he’s a world-class player, but also I understand it’s part of the process, and if it’s better for him and better for the club, we have to understand that.
“One of the best players playing in England was him, everyone knows that.
“(It is) sad for everybody when you lose this kind of player, this kind of person, but I think everybody has to stand up and clap their hands for him – because he deserves it.”
Luiz was not the only player that lavished plaudits on the Spaniard, Eden Hazard also sent some words.
“In five years, I can say that I was lucky to play with him,” Hazard said.
“Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together.
“Top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, a great friend of mine.
“Just admiration about this guy. I hope he will have a good future. It’s a bit hard now, but he’s still very good and he will enjoy.”