David Luiz says Cesc Fabregas bid farewell to Chelsea squad

Sky sources understand Fabregas has travelled to France to hold talks with Monaco

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Image: Cesc Fabregas travelled to France on Sunday to hold talks with Monaco

David Luiz has revealed Cesc Fabregas made an emotional farewell speech to his Chelsea team-mates after playing his last match for the club.

Fabregas was handed the captain's armband for the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday, ahead of his expected January move to Monaco.

The Spain international appeared to wave goodbye to the Chelsea supporters when he was substituted in the closing stages of the match, and Luiz says Fabregas addressed his team-mates in the dressing room after the game.

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Image: Fabregas appeared to wave goodbye to Chelsea supporters after the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest

"He did a speech and then after that we all said thank you for him, and hugged him," said Luiz, who declined to reveal what Fabregas said.

Sky sources understand Fabregas travelled to France on Sunday to holds with Monaco over joining the Ligue 1 club.

Fabregas won four major trophies, including two league titles, during his time at Stamford Bridge and Luiz believes the 31-year-old will go down as one of the greatest players of the Premier League era.

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Image: David Luiz said the Spaniard gave a farewell speech to his team-mates after the match

"It's always difficult to lose players, especially like him, because, like I say, he's a world-class player but also I understand it's part of the process, and if it's better for him and better for the club, we have to understand that," said Luiz.

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"One of the best players playing in England was him, everyone knows that.

"(It is) sad for everybody when you lose this kind of player, this kind of person, but I think everybody has to stand up and clap their hands for him - because he deserves it."

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Eden Hazard says Cesc Fabregas has given everything for Chelsea since joining from Barcelona in 2014.

Eden Hazard also paid tribute to Fabregas, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014.

"Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together," said Hazard. "Top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, a great friend of mine.

"Just admiration about this guy. I hope he will have a good future. It's a bit hard now, but he's still very good and he will enjoy."

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