Cesc Fabregas: A player loved by two London clubs.

Fabregas recent exit in the January transfer window looked unreal as it was sad to see one of the stalwarts of the Premier League in the past decade leave for Monaco.

The Spaniard has come a long way from the starry-eyed teenager that was introduced to the Premier League by Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger. There were initial doubts that the Barcelona Academy graduate would find it difficult to adapt to the EPL due to his small frame.

However, it became clear that the teenage Spaniard had the talent to dominate the Premier League with his vast array of skills. Fabregas is credited with revolutionizing the league from the tough tackling midfielders of the early 2000s to the subtle creative midfielders that abound in the league.

Blessed with a silky touch and wide range of passes Fabregas became the poster boy of Arsene Wenger’s rebuilding project.  despite his performances, Arsenal couldn’t win any silverware during his time but the fans were happy when he made a move to his boyhood club Barcelona.

Fabregas romance with Chelsea fans to an outsider looks strange due to his affiliation with bitter rivals Arsenal. However the Spanish international endeared himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful due to his performances and dedication to the quest for trophies.

Signed by Mourinho in 2014, Fabregas struck a telepathic connection with fellow countryman Diego Costa which saw the Blues win the title that season. After the departure of Mourinho in 2016, it looked like his days were numbered under new manager Antonio Conte. The Italian tactician had viewed the Spaniard as not possessing the physical attributes to play in the midfield.

Fabregas did not complain or down tools but worked his way back to the first team and netted important goals towards the end of the season to secure his 2nd Premier League title.  It is no surprise that the club allowed his wish to move to Monaco in January. Fabregas has been a good servant to Arsenal and Chelsea and leaves England as a legend at both clubs.

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