Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed Cesc Fabregas delivered an emotional speech to his teammates following what appeared to be his last appearance for the club.
Fabregas was handed the captain’s armband during the club’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Luiz, who said he is sad to see the former Arsenal star leave Stamford Bridge, revealed Fabregas gave a goodbye speech to his team-mates after Saturday’s encounter with Forest.
“We heard a speech and then after that, we all say thank you for him, and hugged him,” Luiz told reporters at Stamford Bridge, according to Goal.
“I think he won everything with this club. My memories are always going to be with the world-class player, with the great technique, he’s a great guy.”
“He has experience. He knows football, I think he had the opportunity to learn in many different changing rooms when he was so young, before, so he brings always a confidence, energy for the team, and then in the pitch he showed that it doesn’t matter the game, he’s always going to show his qualities.”
“It is sad. It’s really sad for us. We are wishing him all the best because he deserves it. I think [it has been emotional] not just for him, for everybody. One of the best players playing in England was him, everyone knows that.”
“Sad for everybody when you lose this kind of player, this kind of person, but I think everybody has to stand up and clap the hands for him because he deserves it.”