Fabregas was teary-eyed as he applauded all sides of Stamford Bridge after Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest. He nearly had the perfect farewell but had a first-half penalty saved.
The 31-year-old’s contract expires at the end of this summer. Now, Fabregas has been associated with a January move to Ligue 1 side Monaco. It would also mean a reunion with former Arsenal team-mate and club legend Thierry Henry.
Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in June 2014 – two years after Hazard arrived from Lille. Since then, he has helped the side win two Premier League titles, the 2015 League Cup and the 2018 FA Cup.
“In five years, I can say that I was lucky to play with him,” Hazard said. “Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together. 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.”
Although an official move is yet to be completed, Fabregas’ breakdown after his 501st appearance in English football suggested otherwise.
He joined Arsenal from La Masia academy at the age of 16 in 2003 and played for the Gunners for eight seasons. The Spaniard spent another three years, this time at Barcelona, before returning to the Premier League. However, he was playing for Chelsea, and would remain there for the next five seasons.
With regard to international football, Fabregas was part of the 2010 World Cup winning squad. In the final, Fabregas even set up the extra-time winner for Andres Iniesta to win Spain the World Cup for the first time in their history.