Cesc Fabregas: "Between Monaco and me, it’s over"

At 35, Cesc Fàbregas has made the decision not to stop his career. The Spanish midfielder, who arrived in Monaco in 2019, however tells us that he has decided to leave the Principality club, with which he has just had the worst year of his life. Simply.

You’ve had a tough time with injuries recently. How difficult was it to deal with it?
It’s the worst year not only in my career but also in my life, because when I’m not happy in football, I’m not happy in my life. I suffered a lot this year and it was tough mentally. You just have to stay strong. But sometimes things happen for a reason. I’m thankful it happened at 35 rather than 25 when I was at the height of my career. So if you look at it that way – 19 years, almost 900 games, winning practically everything – it could have been worse.

Is there any chance that you will extend your stay in Monaco?
No, it’s sure that it’s over between Monaco and me. My contract expires next June and I am looking for a fresh start. My head needs a fresh start elsewhere.

“This year has been so bad that I can’t end on this. Not after building this career. »

What will be your next step? Do you want to become a coach?
To be honest, I’ve already had two or three phone calls in the past two weeks from some of my former coaches to find out what I wanted to do, to see if I wanted to join them this summer as a coach. But this year has been so bad that I can’t finish on that. Not after building this career. I want to keep playing. I’m grateful for the career I’ve had but I don’t feel like it’s over. I just want to enjoy my football and continue to be competitive at some level.

If playing is the ambition, is there a preference in terms of a particular league or country?
I’m open to anything, I just want to have fun. After this year, I just want to play and enjoy my football. The place doesn’t really matter, it’s more my head that counts. When I’m fit I feel really good, when I’m training with my teammates I don’t feel any different in terms of passion for the game. It’s just about finding the right project and doing it. I will look for a new project and see where the future takes me.

Interview by Freddie Paxton

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