Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that all is not what it seems regarding Cesc Fabregas’s buy-back option which the boss seemingly refused to activate, The Independent reports.
Following the Spaniard’s departure, the club ensured a clause was inserted in his Barcelona deal which stated that we could buy Fabregas back for the same price he was sold for – around £30m according to the report.
However, once his future at the Catalan club became untenable last summer, the club refused to act on the option and instead allowed him to join Chelsea.
According to Wenger though, the story isn’t as simple as that but he refused to elaborate on what actually transpired in July.
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“We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms… it is not as clean as that,” Wenger admitted.
“I cannot speak to you about that (reasons) now because that will not help us to win the game on Sunday.”
When asked whether it was Fabregas who was against a return, the boss replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know.”
The fallout from last summer would make a great novel, but an explanation for the fans is due as to why a former skipper and modern legend is now returning to the Emirates in rival colours.
That will have to wait until after Sunday as we aim to close the gap at the top of the table.