Announced with great fanfare, his signing, in January 2019, had aroused a surge of enthusiasm in the principality.
Rich with an impressive business card, Cesc Fabregas was then considered as a reinforcement of weight for Monaco led, for a few more days, by Thierry Henry, his former partner at Arsenal.
But the transplant never took.
Weighed down by injuries, he will have wandered like a soul in pain on the grounds of Ligue 1. The 35-year-old Spanish midfielder confirmed, this Friday, in an interview with So Foot that he was going to leave ASM this summer, at the end of his contract.
“It's sure that it's over between Monaco and me, he explained.
I am looking for a fresh start.
My head needs a fresh start somewhere else.”
This season, the 2010 world champion has only played 5 games: two in Ligue 1, two in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and one in the Europa League.
All in August and September.
Since then, he has been unavailable due to hamstring or ankle problems.
"I can't finish on this"
In this interview, he did not, moreover, hide his dismay.
"It's the worst year not only of my career, but also of my life, because when I'm not happy in football, I'm not happy in my life," he said.
I suffered a lot this year, and it was hard mentally.
In total, the double European champion with La Roja (2008 and 2012) will have played 54 matches in L1 in just over three years for a starving record of 3 goals and 6 assists.
However, the friend of the Parisian Léo Messi has no intention of hanging up his crampons.
"This year has been so bad that I can't finish on this," he promises.
Not after building this career.
I want to keep playing.
In addition to the 3 trophies won with the Spanish selection, Fabregas, revealed to Arsenal, then passed by Barcelona (2011-2014) and Chelsea (2014-2019) won all possible domestic titles in the Premier League and La Liga.
Winner of the Europa League in 2019 with the Blues, the international with 110 caps (15 goals) has, however, never raised the Champions League.