Cesc Fabregas has joined Serie B side Como and invested in the club, citing it as an “exciting project”.
Cesc Fabregas has signed a two-year deal with Italian second-tier side Como and has also become a shareholder in the club.
The 35-year-old left Monaco at the end of his deal with the Ligue 1 outfit, having played just two league games last season due to injury, but insisted he was not about to retire.
The former Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder was presented to the media as a Como player on Monday.
And said he was looking forward to getting started in a league he believes to be strong.
“The championship quality is high, as is that of the relegated teams [from Serie A].
“I can’t wait to start, do well, play, and win. And then I would like to do some magic here in Como.”
Como finished 13th in Serie B last season, but chief executive and Dennis Wise – another former Chelsea player.
He eventually hopes to get the club into the top flight, revealing that Fabregas has also become a shareholder.
“Cesc will become a shareholder of the company. That’s another reason why he came here,” Wise said. “He will be here longer than expected.
“He wanted to join the club for our ambitions, to fix the stadium, open a new sports centre and get to Serie A.”
Fabregas explained the conversations he held with Wise and club owners’ representative Mirwan Suwarso, and general and sporting manager Carlalberto Ludi that led him to accept a move to Italy.
“I have been extremely fortunate that my career has allowed me to play at the most wonderful clubs. Como is no exception,” he said.
“After lengthy talks with Mirwan, Dennis and Charlie, they explained in detail one of the most exciting and ambitious projects in football.
“This is why I am looking to build a long-term future here, on and off the pitch.
“I believed in the vision from the first moment and have decided to invest personally to be part of the bigger picture.
“I cannot wait to get out on the pitch and play in front of the fans in such a beautiful setting.
“The tradition, infrastructure and desire the owners have to take this club to the next level are inspiring. I cannot wait to start.”
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