Fabregas leaves Chelsea for Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco

Cesc Fabregas salutes Chelsea fans after a match

Cesc Fabregas salutes Chelsea fans after a match

Fabregas will move to Monaco without a fee for now, as Chelsea will be paid via bonuses depending on the Fabregas's performances.

The World Cup-winning Spaniard had just six months remaining on his existing deal with the Blues and this has eventually paved the way for him to join AS Monaco after the club refused to offer him more than a year's extension.

The deal reunites Fabregas with Thierry Henry, who played with Fabregas at Arsenal and is now Ligue 1 Monaco's coach.

"Cesc Fabregas has, today, completed a permanent transfer to Monaco", Chelsea said on their website, just as Ligue 1 Monaco tweeted a video of Fabregas with a voice-over saying "now it's time".

Fabregas left the pitch in tears after making his final appearance for Chelsea in last Saturday's FA Cup third round win over Nottingham Forest.

Fabregas played with Henry at Arsenal at the start of his career, between 2003 and 2007, and the two share the same agent in Darren Dein.

"There is no doubt Fabregas's place in the Chelsea history books is assured given his achievements over the past four-and-a-half seasons", a club statement read. "We have a big game against Marseille on Sunday, I'm very excited".

Fabregas has enjoyed plenty of success at worldwide level too, winning the World Cup and two European championships with the Spain.

Fabregas scored 22 goals for the London club in 198 appearances.

However, they have won just twice in nine league games since Henry's arrival and now languish in the relegation zone, five points from safety before the weekend's matches.