Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hit back at Arsenal fans who have criticised him for not rejoining the Gunners, and urged them to ‘move on’, remarking that ‘Arsenal didn’t want me’.
The Spaniard is adamant that there was no way that he could have returned to Arsenal, purely because his former club did not want to re-sign their former midfield maestro, despite having first option on the 27-year-old.
Speaking to The Sun, Fabregas revealed that he couldn’t have returned even if he wanted to, saying:
Changing clubs is part of the game and people must remember it was Arsenal who didn’t take up the buy-back option for me. What am I going to do – retire? No way.
I can understand some people at Arsenal are sad, some people are upset, some people are even angry. But I have to look after myself. I had to make a decision.
I wanted to keep playing football, enjoying myself and my career and I felt that joining Chelsea was the best option for me. There would have been a reaction wherever I had gone.
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If I had moved to Manchester United they would say, ‘He’s gone to a club that have been our big rivals for such a long time.’ If it had been Manchester City they would have complained, too.
Any team I would have gone to, apart from Arsenal, it would have been bad to them.
Fabregas left Arsenal in the summer of 2011 to join Spanish giants Barcelona, and returned to London in the summer transfer window, only to move to Stamford Bridge rather than the Emirates.
The Spanish international, who scored 57 goals in 303 appearances for Arsenal, has impressed in the early stages of his Chelsea career, leading to many Arsenal fans wishing he was employing his trade for the Gunners.
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