Xavi: Selling Fabregas is a big loss for Barcelona

Former Arsenal midfielder's switch from Camp Nou to Chelsea has left a bitter taste in the mouth of Spain World Cup star Xavi.

Jose Mourinho secured what could be one of the signings of the summer yesterday, Thursday, when Chelsea announced the acquisition of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona on a five-year deal.

The Spaniard failed to make an impact in the Champions League last term but he made significant contributions to the Camp Nou side's bid for La Liga with an 87% passing accuracy, 60 passes per appearance on average, a supply of 58 goal-scoring opportunities and 13 assists.

Legendary Barca midfielder Xavi has spoken out over the transfer, claiming it represents a "big loss".

The cultured passer said: "It's great news for Cesc. He's content and looks happy. It's a great chance for him to play in a big club. That was what he wanted and he seems happy. Now he will be able to relax knowing what his future for the next few years is to be."

Xavi continued: "It's a big loss for Barcelona. It's his future and he's decided on it. I wish him all the luck in the world because I consider him a friend."

Upon completing his switch to Stamford Bridge, Cesc said that Chelsea were the best available option and admitted he was looking forward to working with an "unbelievable manager" in Mourinho.

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