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Fabinho keen to leave Monaco as he seeks 'new challenge'

Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho arrives for a training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League football match against Dortmund on April 18, 2
Image: Fabinho admits he would be interested in leaving Monaco if a big club came in for him

Fabinho says his days at Monaco are numbered and he feels ready for a "new challenge" at a bigger club.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told Sky Sports News in October that they will consider selling Fabinho in the summer after "strong" interest from Manchester United and Manchester City in the previous window.

Fabinho witnessed an exodus of key players from the club last summer, with Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko all seeking pastures new in big-money moves.

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After four years at the Stade Louis II, Fabinho is keen on taking on a new challenge, if the right offer comes a long, as he looks to progress his career.

When asked about a potential transfer, he told Lancenet: "If a move to a new league or a club with a bigger structure and bigger expectations, I would be interested.

"My time with Monaco was good, but I feel my time here is coming to an end.

"I know that the club's vision is to try to finish second and qualify for the Champions League, without counting on big-name players, but on young players.

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"I believe I have gone through this process. I arrived as an unknown, I made my name at the club, won things - but maybe I need a new challenge."

Fabinho played a key role for Monaco in the previous campaign - helping the club to win their first league title in 17 years and to reach the semi-final of the Champions League.

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