Cesc Fabregas to make final Chelsea appearance against Nottingham Forest

Cesc Fabregas
Image: Cesc Fabregas is set to leave Chelsea in January

Cesc Fabregas is set to make his final appearance for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest, according to Sky sources.

The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Sky sources understand Chelsea and Monaco are close to agreeing a deal for the midfielder to move to Ligue 1 in January.

Fabregas is expected make his final appearance for the Blues on Saturday when Forest visit Stamford Bridge in the third round of the FA Cup.

Sarri expects Fabregas to return to training in a week
Image: Sky sources understand Fabregas is close to moving to Monaco

Fabregas has struggled for first-team opportunities this season and has played just six times in the Premier League under head coach Maurizio Sarri.

However, the Italian has expressed a desire for Fabregas to remain at Stamford Bridge.

"In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc," Sarri said.

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Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri wants David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas to sign new deals at the club with both contracts expiring at the end of the summer

"I want him to stay, I don't know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.

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"But for me it's very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it's not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.

"And I think that in the market it's very difficult to find a player with his characteristics."

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola also hinted Gary Cahill could be making a farewell appearance for the club on Saturday, with a move to Fulham being mooted for the centre-back.

Chelsea's Gary Cahill
Image: Gary Cahill has won six trophies in seven years at Chelsea

Asked how much of a loss Cahill would be should he leave, Zola said: "Gary has been outstanding. I never worked with him, but I knew from outside everybody rated him very highly as a professional, as a person within the changing room.

"There is this possibility. There is no doubt he is going to be a big loss for us. But I think it could be a good move for him, his contract expires in six months and he has to look after himself.

"For what I have come to know about him, I really wish he will do extremely well."

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