All the latest Chelsea news including Francesc Fabregas, Andre Schurrle and Filipe Luis.
Arsenal did not exercise their Francesc Fabregas 'buy-back' clause because they already had Mesut Ozil, as confirmed by Cesc himself to The Sun recently.
The creative midfielder has been in hot form since returning to the Premier League, a division he craved returning to after it became apparent he was surplus to requirements at Barcelona, with 18 key passes and six assists already returned from just five outings.
He also commented on how he would always receive verbal abuse from the Gunners regardless of which club he ended up representing in England: "Changing clubs is part of the game and people must remember it was Arsenal who didn’t take up the buy-back option for me, What am I going to do – retire? No way.
“I can understand some people at Arsenal are sad, some people are upset, some people are even angry. But I have to look after myself. I had to make a decision. I wanted to keep playing football, enjoying myself and my career and I felt that joining Chelsea was the best option for me. There would have been a reaction wherever I had gone.”
“If I had moved to Manchester United they would say, ‘He’s gone to a club that have been our big rivals for such a long time.’ If it had been Manchester City they would have complained, too.”
He continued: “I would never intentionally do anything to create any problem with Arsenal or any other club. They can say to me whatever they want now, they can dislike me, they can hate me – but nothing will change my feelings for the club.”
Concluding, Fabregas remarked: “Arsenal had the first option – it was written in the contract – and so they could have said ‘yes’ but they decided not to. They told me now Ozil was there, there was no need for me.”
“That’s life. No problem. We move on. Life moves on. Football moves on. Any team I would have gone to, apart from Arsenal, it would have been bad to them."
Meanwhile, when Filipe Luis was first bought it was assumed he would be the ready-made replacement for Ashley Cole, who joined AS Roma. However, the left back has struggled to establish himself as a senior-level starter under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge but, regardless, Luis is delighted to be wearing blue.
"It's brilliant to be at this club, it's a great feeling. Every time I play and train, I feel I'm at a big club," he said to the London Evening Standard. "Everyone wants to play. If you don't, normally you're not happy. But when I came here, I spoke with Mourinho and I knew I'd come to Chelsea to be a champion, not to be the best left-back or best crosser or something.
"When you work with Mourinho, you have to know that the group, the collective is above the individual. I don't think about myself right now. The team are doing a great job. We won the first four League games and drew the fifth one."
The 29-year-old, who has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League, added: "I have nothing to complain about. I have to wait for my chance and when it comes I must make sure I don't go out of the first 11."
And finally, Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland has implied that Kurt Zouma and Andre Schurrle are giving Mourinho selection problems as they are knocking on the door of regular involvement.
"Andre's performance [in the League Cup, versus Bolton Wanderers] reflected the mentality of the team," he said.
"When you think not much more than two months ago he was playing in a World Cup final, tonight he's playing in the third round of the Capital One Cup and showed a really committed performance, full of ambition and drive all night, was dangerous throughout the game, looked our most likely source."
On Zouma, Holland said: "He was immaculate. If you can also be a threat in the opposition's penalty box that's a big bonus. He fed on to a second ball from a corner, showed really good instincts and got a goal which I'm sure he'll always remember on his first appearance."