Cesc Fabregas explains reasons for Chelsea transfer

Cesc Fàbregas says his desire to be "professionally and personally happy" was the reason behind his transfer to Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fàbregas moved to Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011 Photo: FC Barcelona

Cesc Fabregas says that he opted to leave Barcelona and join Chelsea for a “multitude” of different reasons.

The 27-year-old midfielder signed a five-year contract with the Blues last week following his exit from Camp Nou after three seasons in Spain.

The Spain international had also been linked with a return to Arsenal but the Gunners chose not to use the buy-back clause they had placed in his contract.

If I didn’t think that I’d be happy at Chelsea, I would’ve never made this decision

Cesc Fabregas

And Fabregas has revealed that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu attempted to prevent him from leaving the club.

“I asked Barcelona to find a way for me to leave the club,” Fabregas told Cadena Cope.

“The president tried to stop the sale, but I already had my mind made up.

“At the time, I spoke with [sporting director] Andoni Zubizarreta and the president and I told them I wanted to leave.

“Honestly, it all went really smoothly. I’m not leaving for any specific reason, if not for a multitude of different things, my own errors and that’s it.

“If I didn’t think that I’d be happy at Chelsea, I would’ve never made this decision. Above all, I want to be happy both professionally and personally.”

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