May 18, 2022

‘I have suffered a lot this year; it’s been difficult mentally’

Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will leave Monaco at the end of the season after the “worst year of his life”.

The Spaniard has made just two appearances in Ligue 1 this campaign, missing 38 games through illness or injury.

Despite this, the 35-year-old has revealed that he isn’t quite ready to retire just yet, but that he will leave Monaco when his contract expires in June after three-and-a-half years at the club.

“It’s certain that it’s finished between me and Monaco. My contract expires in June and I am looking to depart. My head needs a departure elsewhere,” he told So Foot.

The World Cup winner also admitted that he has suffered mentally this season after an injury-plagued campaign.

He continued: “It’s been not only the worst year of my career but the worst year of my life because when I’m not happy in football, I can’t be happy in life.

“I have suffered a lot this year; it’s been difficult mentally.”

World Cup winner not ready to hang up his boots

Fabregas – who won the Premier League on two occasions – is keen to continue playing, despite receiving offers from ‘former managers’ to join their side as a coach.

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“To be honest, I received a couple of phone calls in the last couple of weeks from former managers to see whether I was open to joining them as a coach,” the Spaniard said.

“But this year has been so bad that I can’t end like this, not after having constructed this career. I want to continue playing.”

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Fabregas keen to find ‘new project’

Fabregas has made over 700 club appearances in his career, and he insisted that he isn’t too bothered about where his next club is – instead, he just wants to enjoy himself.

He added: “I am open to anything, I just want to enjoy myself. The place doesn’t really matter. I am going to find a new project and see where the future takes me.”

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