Former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas recently competed a headline-making £27million move to West London side Chelsea.
There had been a lot of speculation in the media regarding the Spaniard’s future, yet many had expected that Fabregas would return to former club Arsenal as a result of a first-option clause he had inserted into his contract.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, however, opted against signing the former fans favourite and Fabregas since moved to the Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea.
Speaking at a press conference in Brazil, the 27-year-old lifted the lid on why Arsene Wenger opted against signing him – citing fellow Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.
“I spoke with Arsene Wenger. He told me that they had Mesut Ozil and it would have been difficult for me. I looked for the best option, I spoke with Jose Mourinho and he told me what I wanted to hear.” He said, quoted by the Spanish paper Diario Sport.
Since arriving at Arsenal, German international Mesut Ozil has played in a central attacking role behind the striker, similar to the role which Cesc Fabregas often used whilst at Barcelona and for the Spanish national team.
Whilst Chelsea have Willian, Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah and Oscar in their ranks, the Blues quartet are equally comfortable out wide, a factor which could have persuaded both Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas to agree to the deal.
After making the announcement official, Fabregas spoke of unfinished business in the Premier League and the excitement of representing the Stamford Bridge outfit next season, quotes which haven’t gone down too well with supporters at former club Arsenal.
Did Wenger make the correct decision in not signing Cesc Fabregas?