Premier League - Fabregas statement: 'Arsenal didn't want me back'

New Chelsea recruit Cesc Fabregas has made a public statement saying Arsenal decided not to re-sign him despite having first option.

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Cesc Fabregas playing for Arsenal (Reuters)

Writing on Facebook following the announcement of his transfer to Chelsea, Fabregas said his return to the Emirates Stadium "wasn't meant to be" after Arsene Wenger decided not to bring his former captain back to North London.

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Cesc Fabregas statement on Facebook:

"Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed 3 wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team.

"I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for me to return. Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn't meant to be. I wish them well in the future.

"I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing.

"It was extremely important to me that this transfer was completed before the World Cup so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy."

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Chelsea statement

"Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. The 27-year-old has joined on a five-year contract and will wear the no. 4 shirt ...

"A versatile, technically gifted midfielder, Fabregas has acquired a wealth of experience from playing in two of the strongest leagues in Europe and representing the most successful Spain international side of all time.

"Comfortable operating as an attacking midfielder, he can also perform in a deeper role, and on the international stage he has been used in wide areas, as a second striker or, on occasions, as a 'false no.9'.

"Fabregas arrives at Stamford Bridge following a three-year spell at Barcelona during which he helped the Catalan club win the La Liga title, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. He is no stranger to the Premier League having enjoyed an eight-year spell with Arsenal prior to moving to Camp Nou."

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Barcelona statement

"FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Cesc Fàbregas to the English club. FC Barcelona wishes to publicly thank Cesc Fàbregas for his professionalism and dedication during his years at the Club, which will always be his home, and to wish him all the very best for the future."

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