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Cesc opens up on truth behind Barcelona-Chelsea deal, Messi backed him

Cesc Fabregas has claimed it was he who wanted out of Barcelona, and not the other way around.

You might think Cesc Fabregas is a player whose confidence may be in tatters.

Not only was he snubbed by Arsenal, but the perception was that Barcelona put him up for sale and invited offers for him, so keen were they to get rid of him.

The Chelsea new boy however has disputed that version of events, and claims it was he who initiated the transfer.

He is quoted by Mundo Deportivo: "I talked to Zubi (Andoni Zubizaretta) and the president and told them I wanted to go.

"I said may you please help me out. The president tried to block the exit."

Fabregas' mind was clearly made up, despite former club Arsenal declining their option to buy him back, his intention to make a fresh start could not be deterred.

He claims star player Lionel Messi also gave him his backing, adding: "Messi told me to be happy wherever. He's a very good person."

Fabregas began last season in sensational form for Barcelona, but his performance level dipped as the season went on. 

Now with former foe Jose Mourinho as manager, he has a point to prove to Arsenal, and show Barcelona they should have fought harder to keep him.

Barcelona last night sealed their signing of Cesc's replacement, Ivan Rakitic of Sevilla. While Fabregas says he is glad to have signed with Chelsea, Barcelona appear very happy to have moved on too.

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