Cesc Fabregas is set to face his former club Arsenal on Sunday when Chelsea welcome the Gunners to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
The Spain international midfielder was on the books of the North London club from 2003 until 2011, when he returned to Barcelona.
The 27-year-old had three largely successful years at Camp Nou, but he could not entirely satisfy the club’s fans or officials.
Despite having been indoctrinated in Barcelona’s footballing philosophy when he was a teenager, Fabregas did not always get the ‘tiki-taka’ right and was let go in the summer.
In fact, the Spaniard’s decision to leave Barcelona was pretty much finalised as early as April following the Catalan giants' defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.
Fabregas has now revealed that he did Barcelona ‘a favour’ by leaving them.
‘I called [Andoni] Zubizarreta (Barcelona’s sporting director) and I knew by the response that I got that I was doing them a favour – it was the best thing for them and for me', the Daily Mail quotes him as telling El Pais.
It is interesting to note that Barcelona did not want Fabregas anymore after three years. The way they tried to sign the midfielder from Arsenal has been well-documented, and the way that he himself tried to force through a move to the Spanish giants is still fresh in the Gunners’ fans memories.
What does around comes around...?