After weeks of speculation, Chelsea FC have confirmed that they have signed Cesc Fabregas on a five year deal.
The rumours first broke out when Pique’s conversation with manager Del Bosque was leaked to the media earlier in the month. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho also confirmed his interest in the midfielder and Chelsea have now officially announced the midfielder’s arrival.
The official website announced that Fabgregas had been signed on a 5 year deal and would don the No 4 jersey in the upcoming season.
“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.”
In a message posted on the club website, Fabregas thanked his childhood club FC Barcelona but insisted that he had ‘unfinished business’ with the Premier League.
“Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three 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 to return.”
The Spaniard apparently had plenty of offers to choose from with rumours suggesting that both the clubs from Manchester were keen to sign the player this summer. The midfielder eventually chose Chelsea over other clubs and stated that he was completely ‘ committed’ to his new club. However the transfer fee was not declared with reports suggesting that he was signed for around £30 million.
“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.”
The midfielder also revealed that though Arsenal had the option to buy him back, they refused to show interest which paved the way for him to move to London to play under erstwhile arch-rival Jose Mourinho.
“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.”
It now remains to be seen how Fabregas fits into Mourinho’s scheme of things at Stamford Bridge. With the likes of Matic, Ramires, Oscar and now Fabregas available, the Special One has plenty of artillery to fire up his midfield. Once arch rivals during Mouirnho’s tenure at Real Madrid, Fabregas will be looking to strike an immediate relationship with his manager if he is to succeed at Chelsea. But for now, the midfielder will be concentrating on his role in the Spanish national squad and will be hoping to retain the World Cup in Brazil.
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