Chelsea FC sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona for £30million
Fabregas move from the Nou Camp to Stamford Bridge confirmed on the eve of the World Cup
June 12th, 2014
Cesc Fabregas will make a return to the Premier League next season, with his transfer from Barcelona to Chelsea being confirmed on Thursday just hours before the 2014 World Cup kicks off.
The Spaniard has signed a five-year-deal with the West London club and claimed he has “unfinished business” in England following a failure to win a Premier League title with Arsenal.
“Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years,” said Fabregas.
“It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team.
“I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for my return.
“Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take up this option and therefore it wasn’t meant to be. I wish them well in the future.
“I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies.
“They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can’t wait to start playing.
“It was extremely important to me that this transfer was completed before the World Cup so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy.”
Fabregas has found himself surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp despite being a regular member of the Spain international squad, with the 27-year-old having made 96 appearances for the country.
It appears that Barcelona are keen to move the midfielder on after a hot pursuit of midfielder Koke from Atletico Madrid. Former club Arsenal have passed up the opportunity to sign him, although it is clear that Jose Mourinho wants his services next term.
Chelsea are thought to have paid somewhere in the region of £30million for the services of Fabregas, with the Spaniard adding competition for places in attacking midfield next term.
Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar were the preferred players in those positions last term, although Fabregas will bring competition for places, having previously shone for Arsenal FC in the Premier League.
Making 212 appearances for the Gunners, many Arsenal supporters will be surprised to find that Arsene Wenger passed up the opportunity to re-sign their former captain, although Chelsea fans will be delighted that more quality has been added to the squad.
With Frank Lampard moving on, it appears that Fabregas is a ready-made replacement who has a lot of Champions League football experience and might be arriving at the Bridge with another World Cup winner’s medal.