Fabregas breaks down in tears during emotional farewell to Chelsea fans

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Fabregas is set to join Ligue 1 side Monaco in the coming days, with Goal reporting earlier this week that a deal was nearing completion.

The Spanish midfielder stepped up to take the penalty in Chelsea' FA Cup Third Round tie at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, only for the spot-kick to be saved by Luke Steele.

However, two Alvaro Morata goals would secure the win for the Blues, who never really faced much of a threat from Forest. Fabregas' contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he has made a decision to leave the club this month in search for a new challenge.

Morata finally had the ball in the net after half time, slamming from close range after fine work on the right from Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini, who spoke at a post-match press conference, suggested that Loftus-Cheek might now be out of action for some time in order for the problem to be addressed.

Cesc Fabregas says goodbye to the premier league having played 501 Games with 81 Goals, 149 Assists. winning two Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, one League Cup and a Community Shield A brilliant career in English football.

The teenage winger nearly got one himself when he danced into the box only to see his shot blocked by a good low save by Steele. Morata then doubled the lead with a header 10 minutes later as Sarri's mean eased into the fourth round.

Fabregas returned to the pitch after the full-time whistle and was visibly emotional as he paid tribute to the Chelsea fans.

Hudson-Odoi has been the subject of transfer speculation this week, with Bayern Munich thought to have tabled a £30 million bid for the talented teenager.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek went off shortly before half-time.

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