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Ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas retires as player, takes up coaching

CESC Fabregas has ended his career as a professional footballer at the age of 36.

The former Spain, Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder announced his retirement today and declared that he would take up coaching immediately.

After a glittering 20-year spell at Arsenal (where he was made captain), Barcelona and Chelsea during which he won FA Cup, Premier League, LaLiga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup honours, he wound down his career at Italian second division side Como, where he will begin his coaching stint.

“It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my playing boots,” Fabregas wrote on Twitter today.

“From my first days at Barca, Arsenal, Barca again, Chelsea, Monaco and Como, I will treasure them all.

“From lifting the World Cup, the Euros, to winning everything in England and Spain and nearly all the European trophies, it has been a journey that I’ll never forget.”

Fabregas said he was pleased to continue in football as a coach for the next generation of stars.

“It’s not all sadness though as I’m now going to cross the white line and start coaching the B and Primavera (youth) teams of Como 1907. A club and a project I couldn’t be more excited about,” he added.

“This charming football team won my heart from the first minute and came to me at the perfect time in my career. I will grab it with both hands.

“So after 20 incredible years full of sacrifice, dedication and joy, it’s time to say thank you and goodbye to the beautiful game.”

Fabregas played key roles in the Spain side that won the country’s first World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

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