Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that Cesc Fabregas initially wanted to join Arsenal, not Chelsea.
Spain international midfielder Fabregas moved to the Blues from Barca in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £27 million.
It has been widely claimed that Arsenal had the first option to buy the 27-year-old but they did not take it. The North London club are inundated with attacking players and also have a certain Mesut Ozil, who joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
Pique, a former Manchester United centre-back, has now revealed that Fabregas moved to Chelsea only after Arsenal refused to take him back.
‘Cesc went to Arsenal first but they said they had [Mesut] Ozil, so he went to Chelsea instead’, the 27-year-old told The Guardian. ‘He is really happy there, and playing well.
‘He loves London, even if I don’t know if he loves Mourinho. He probably does because he is in the team, playing all the games. In Barcelona it was more difficult for him.
‘It was one of the toughest decisions in his life to leave Barça for a second time but, after three months, you can see he made the right decision. He’s enjoying his life, playing every minute. He doesn’t like to be rotated, and I’m happy for him’.
Fabregas is indeed enjoying life back in the Premier League and has been one of the best players of the season so far.
The Spaniard has been the creative force behind Chelsea’s march to the top of the table, scoring one goal and creating 25 chances in eight league appearances. The former Arsenal captain also has a pass accuracy of 90% and a shot accuracy of 60%.