Barcelona tried to persuade Cesc Fabregas to stay... twice

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has revealed that he tried to persuade Cesc Fabregas to stay and has wished him the best of luck at Chelsea.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and the club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta gave a press conference on Wednesday.

Among the many questions thrown at the duo was regarding the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea.

The Spain international went back to Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer of 2011 following years of speculation.

However, the 27-year-old has returned to the Premier League after three years at Camp Nou, joining the Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea.

Fabregas’s move was confirmed before the 2014 World Cup got underway and less than a month after Enrique was appointed as the Spanish giants’ new coach.

Zubizarreta has now told reporters that he spoke twice to Fabregas to verify his decision and has wished him all the best at Chelsea.

‘Yes, I did’, said the 52-year-old when asked if he tried to persuade Fabregas to stay. ‘I spoke to him two times.

‘I wanted to know what he thought about his future. Well, his second decision was definitive. He looked at the options he had, the one from Chelsea had come up and he took it.

‘I want to wish him all the best of luck at his new club and want to thank him for what he had done with us here'.

Fabregas helped Barcelona win La Liga and the Copa del Rey once each during his three years at Camp Nou.

However, there was a suggestion that the Spain international did not have the best of times and could have done more, although he was played in a number of positions in midfield and had to fight for his place.

A number of players have left Barcelona along with Fabregas this summer, including Victor Valdes and Alexis Sanchez. While the former is currently a free agent and is without a club, the latter has moved to Arsenal.

How the players’ departure will affect the four-time European champions remains to be seen, but it appears that mood in the Barcelona camp is very positive and optimistic ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

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