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Cesc Fabregas admits the Chelsea dressing room are in shock following John Terry's announcement that he is to leave Chelsea, describing the club captain as 'irreplaceable'.
Terry confirmed on Monday that he will leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the campaign, believing the time is right for him to seek a new challenge after seeing his game time limited this season.
A number of Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for the 36-year-old in the summer, while he is also likely to attract interest from China and the United States.
Terry has been a stalwart at the club, making 713 appearances and hitting 66 goals, and Fabregas admits he will be missed.
"It came as a surprise," Fabregas told TalkSport.
"There was a lot of talk and speculation that it could be his last year but we didn’t know for sure. It is a very personal decision between him and the club.
"It is a shame because I cannot see anyone replacing the role he does in the team. He is irreplaceable for now. We will miss him."
Chelsea currently hold a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and on Saturday they will bid to reach the final of the FA Cup.
Fabregas believes it would be a fitting send-off if the club were to secure the double for their departing skipper.
"Hopefully, we can lift trophies at the end of the season for him," he said. "You always play the game at your maximum but to be able to win two trophies for him and lift them before he goes and says goodbye to everyone would be major for him and fantastic for Chelsea."
Munster will face last year's winners Saracens in the European Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium on April 22 exclusively live on BT Sport, part of the eir Sport pack.