Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has urged all young footballers to enjoy every second of their playing days before they get old.

The 31-year-old, who has been strongly linked with Monaco move in recent days, is said to have played his final game for the Blues in the weekend against Nottingham Forest.

Fabregas, who was named captain on Saturday afternoon during their FA Cup third round win over Forest, has waved an emotional farewell to fans.

Meanwhile, the Spain international has provided some advice for any young players looking to make a career out of football.

“It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years,” he told Chelsea’s official club website.

“It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast.”

“In football you have to be ready every three days, you have to live with criticism, you have to live with everyone saying how good you are – up and downs – and you just think I am young, I have time but time really does fly, so enjoy every single second of it.”

Fabregas is looking to join his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry at Monaco and works under his management at Stade Louis II.

And the former Barcelona ace has insisted that he could be exhausted with the physicality but technique never goes away.

“It is always something that I have had and it feels like growing up and getting older, it is one of those things that really does never go away because it is technique,” he said.

“Physicality goes away from all of us unfortunately when you get older, you lose speed, you lose some sharpness, but technique I think is something that always stays with you when you have something, so hopefully it can stay with me for a very long time yet.”

The Spaniard’s time in the Premier League has been a huge success, having won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, FA Community Shield and Football League Cup with both Chelsea and Arsenal.

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