‘MLS was not part of my plans’

Former Barcelona, ​​Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has signed a two-year deal with second-tier Italian club Como, it was announced on Monday,

Ex-Spain international Fabregas became a free agent after his release from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the close season.

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Como finished 13th in Serie B last season following their promotion from the third tier in 2020-21.

They announced the 35-year-old’s arrival in a video on Instagram with the caption: “All the rumors are true, yeah.”

Speaking at his presentation on Monday, Fabregas said: “The MLS was not part of my plans. I wanted to remain in Europe and I believe this is the right project for me.

“I wasn’t interested in money, I wanted to join a long-term project that I would be enthusiastic about. I’m very ambitious and I would like to help Como return to where it deserves, that is in Serie A. I I see a long-term future with this club.

“Como offered me not just a two-year contract as a player but a long-term project. Last season at Monaco was rather difficult but the past is in the past and now I’m looking ahead. The important thing is that I’ m here. I’m not only here to play but to give a helping hand off the pitch in what will be a long-term project.”

Fabregas was part of Spain’s World Cup-winning team in 2010 and won the Premier League twice with Chelsea.

Como club administrator Dennis Wise added: “Cesc will be a part of this club long term. I believe it’s a great signing. It’s not just a two-year contract as a player, as Cesc will become a Como shareholder.”

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