Como midfielder and Arsenal and Chelsea legend Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from the sport and he will now be the Italian side’s Primavera coach.
Fabregas had joined Como after his exit from Ligue 1 side Monaco last summer and the move sparked a revolution in the second-tier Italian side’s recruitment and identity and it came after a new ownership came in. But after a season, Fabregas has announced his retirement from the game.
On Instagram, the midfielder stated:
“With great sadness the time has come to hang up our boots. I will cherish every moment, from the early days at Barcelona, Arsenal, back at the Blaugrana, Chelsea, Monaco and finally Como.
“From the World Cup, to the European Championships, victories in England, Spain, winning European trophies: it was a trip I will never forget.”
He revealed the details about the next chapter in his life, stating: “I’ve had experiences I never thought I’d even come close to in a million years.
“But I’m not sad, because I’m about to start a new path: coaching the B and Primavera team of Como 1907. A club and a project I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about. This team won my heart from the first minute, we met at the perfect moment in my career. I will give my all in this new adventure.”
The 36-year-old played 17 Serie B games for Como and racked up two assists for the side in his last season in the professional game. The move had come about after his game time at Monaco had reduced and he had become a bit-part player.
In his career, the Spaniard won the FIFA World Cup, the Euros, the UEFA Europa, La Liga, Premier League, The Copa del Rey and also won the FA Cup on two occassions – once with Arsenal and once with Chelsea.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN