Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he will look for a 'fresh start' in the summer by leaving Monaco on a free contract once his deal expires in June. The Spaniard joined the Ligue 1 outfit - who are three points behind second-placed Marseille with two league games to play - from Chelsea in January 2019 but has struggled with injuries this season at the Stade Louis II.

Hamstring and ankle issues as well as a bout of coronavirus have contributed to the former Arsenal and Barcelona star making just two league appearances and playing in one Europa League game in 2021-22. The 2010 World Cup winner turned 35 earlier this month and there has been speculation this season that he could announce his retirement.

But speaking to So Foot, Fabregas confirmed he does not want to finish his playing career like this because 'this year has been so bad', despite claiming he has already been called by his former bosses to see if he wants to join their coaching staff. Asked if he could stay put at his current club, Fabregas said: 'No, it's sure that it's over between Monaco and me. My contract expires next June, and I'm looking for a fresh start. My head needs a fresh start elsewhere.
He said he has had one or two phone calls in the past two weeks from some of his former coaches to find out what he wants to do at the moment in a bid to convince him to join them as a coach in the summer. However, he stated that this year has been so bad that he can't finish on that. Fabregas has played in three of the five major European leagues during his career, but said he is 'open to anything', as long as he feels mentally right at any prospective new club.