Fabregas bids fans farewell

LONDON (AP) — 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 after the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday night.

The former Spain midfielder, who wore the captain’s armband for the game, waved to Chelsea’s supporters, patted the badge on his jersey, and appeared on the verge of tears as he walked off the field.

Fabregas 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 from 2003-2011.

One of Chelsea’s coaches Carlo Cudicini, taking press questions instead of manager Mauricio Sarri, was uncertain when asked if Fabregas had played his last game for the Blues.

“I personally don’t know,” he said.

“He (Fabregas) has been fantastic for the teams he played for before us and the contribution he has given to this club and to this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top, top player.”

Cesc Fabregas applauds fans at the end of the match against Nottingham Forest. – AP