Thursday 12 June 2014
Spain playmaker Cesc Fabregas says he has 'unfinished business' in the Barclays Premier League after completing his transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona.
The 27-year-old former Arsenal midfielder has signed a five-year contract to become Chelsea's first signing of the summer. He will wear the No 4 shirt next season.
"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," Fabregas told Chelsea's website.
"They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager"
"I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return.
"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."
Fabregas began his career at Barcelona's academy before joining Arsenal at the age of 16 in 2003. He became an integral part of the Arsenal squad, helping the club to the UEFA Champions League final in 2006 while he was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in 2006/07. In 2008, his performances for the Gunners won him the Young Player of the Year Award while he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
In total, Fabregas made 212 Barclays Premier League appearances for Arsenal, scoring 35 goals. During his time at the club he also made 70 assists, which is 10th on the League's all-time list.
He returned to Barcelona in 2011 and over the last three seasons he has won the La Liga title, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Fabregas also won UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain and is part of his country's squad taking part in this summer's World Cup in Brazil. Spain begin their campaign against the Netherlands on Friday.
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