David Luiz has hailed the contribution of Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas ahead of the Spaniard’s expected move to Monaco.
Fabregas was tearful as he applauded all sides of Stamford Bridge following Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest, during which he had a first-half penalty saved.
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The 31-year-old’s contract expires this summer and he has been linked with a January move to Monaco and a reunion with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.
Luiz revealed Fabregas addressed the dressing room afterwards and has praised the former Gunner for his efforts in the Premier League.
“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.
Any move is still to be completed, but Fabregas’ emotional reaction after his 501st appearance in English football suggested it was goodbye.
Luiz added: “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. “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.”