Cesc Fabregas returned to Barcelona in 2011 in search of greatness; three years later he is being pushed out of the club.
That’s according to respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, who posted the following messages on Twitter on Monday:
1. He has not agreed anything with Chelsea. His agent did not meet Wenger lately (havent spoken for a month)— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 2, 2014
2. Barcelona have told Cesc he has to find a team. They want the money to buy Koke. Cost: 35m euros— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 2, 2014
3. Arsenal dont want Cesc back and he has been told that already by Arsenal— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 2, 2014
4. He is being pushed out by Barcelona but will take his time to find the right club for him— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 2, 2014
Fabregas has always been a favourite among the Arsenal fans. He was on the Gunners books between 2003 and 2011, and developed into a world-class midfielder under manager Arsene Wenger. An intelligent footballer who can play either box-to-box or in a more advanced position, Fabregas was always destined for greatness.
Which he couldn’t get at Arsenal. After all, when he departed in the summer of 2011 after years of being wooed by Barcelona, the North London club had not won any major trophy since 2005. Moreover, there were no concrete signs that Wenger was going to invest in some world-class players to take the Gunners to greater heights.
Then, of course, there was the Pep Guardiola factor at Barca. Under the Catalan, the Blaugrana had just won their second Champions League title in three years and were being hailed as the greatest club team of all time. Who wouldn’t want to play for them?
So after months of intense speculation in which Fabregas did little to dismiss suggestions that he was keen on joining Barcelona, he left for Camp Nou. Although in Spain, Fabregas has not exactly been a flop, he has not been a huge success. He has had to fight for his place (at Arsenal, he was a guaranteed starter) and had to accommodate himself in different positions under different managers.
And now it appears that Barcelona are ready to cash in on Fabregas. The prodigal son who returned home three years ago is not needed anymore; the latest Spanish sensation Koke of Atletico Madrid is what the Catalan club want.
What goes around comes around: three years ago Fabregas left Arsenal because Barcelona had come calling and he wanted to play for his old club and create history. Now, Barca do not want him anymore and are willing to barter him for someone better and younger.
Arsenal fans will continue to love Fabregas for all that he did for the club, yet they should not sympathise with his current situation. Manager Wenger reportedly has turned down the chance to sign the 27-year-old because he believes that the Spain international will not be compatible with Mesut Ozil - and rightly so.
The Frenchman appears to have put his emotions to one side and gone with what he believes is good for the team. Arsenal fans should do the same. Many might want Fabregas to return – after all, Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell both came back – but it is time for them to realise that Fabregas’ arrival will only hinder the youngsters who have done their best to break into the team over the past few years.