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Fabregas is set to join Monaco.

Rio Ferdinand posts classy Instagram post about Cesc Fabregas ahead of his move

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What a career Cesc Fabregas has had.

Three successful spells at Arsenal, Barcelona and then Chelsea, winning 15 trophies for club and country.

But it seems the Spaniard has now played his final game in English football.

Fabregas appeared for Chelsea during their 2-0 FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest and left the pitch in tears at full-time.

It seems it's now a matter of time before he completes a move to AS Monaco to join up with his former teammate - and current manager - Thierry Henry.

In the coming days, tributes will flood in for the experienced midfielder.

But one of his rivals has wasted no time in doing just that.

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Rio Ferdinand faced Fabregas on numerous occasions as Manchester United and Arsenal battled for Premier League titles.

But the former defender obviously appreciated Fabregas both on and off the pitch by uploading a class Instagram post.

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Ferdinand wrote: “When he 1st came onto the scene at Arsenal this kid played like a seasoned vet... He was Calm, assured, had guile & the belief that he was absolutely ready to play. 

“Yes he was playing very early but he was also creating chances/goals which was on top of the things I mentioned above that really set him apart from just a young kid playing in the 1st team in the @premierleague...

“Went on to have a great career for clubs & country. I got to spend some time with him off the pitch during this years World Cup & he’s a top guy too. Good luck in whatever club you decide to go to @cescf4bregas 👊🏽⚽️ #fabregas.”

Well played, Rio.

Ferdinand later posted a tweet with a cheeky message asking Fabregas what toppings he likes on his pizza.

Of course, it's widely reported that it was Fabregas who threw a pizza slice that hit Sir Alex Ferguson during the 'Battle of the Buffet' after United beat Arsenal at Old Trafford in October 2004. 

After his swansong against Forest, Fabregas spoke about how quick he feels his 15 years in professional football has gone.

"It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years," reflected Fabregas.

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"It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast.

"In football you have to be ready every three days, you have to live with criticism, you have to live with everyone saying how good you are – up and downs - and you just think I am young, I have time but time really does fly, so enjoy every single second of it."

Topics:
Rio Ferdinand
Football
Nottingham Forest
Cesc Fabregas
AS Monaco
Premier League
Manchester United
Arsenal
Chelsea

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