Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has today opened up on life with the Stamford Bridge outfit, revealing that he has found ‘absolute happiness’ in London.
Fabregas, now 30, is currently enjoying his second stint in the Premier League, having made the move to Arsenal from Barcelona at the tender age of 16 in 2003.
When questioned on his decision to make the move to the English capital at such a young age in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine today, the Chelsea man revealed:
‘A few times my team-mates were sent to play with the older ages and me, who was the captain, stayed with those of my age. I saw they had more faith in them than in me. For that, and other reasons, I decided to move to England.’
Fabregas also thanked Arsene Wenger for placing so much faith in him, not the first time that the Spaniard has expressed his sincere gratitude to the French tactician for helping him to develop into a top-class midfielder:
‘Wenger signed me when I was a cadet at Barcelona and had me train with the legends, Henry, Pires, Vieira, Campbell. He played me. I didn’t always do well but he kept picking me, he bet a lot on me, I owe him a lot.’
The Spaniard went on to establish himself as one of the English top-flight’s finest midfielders during his 8 years in North London, prompting Barca to splash out around 30 million Euro to bring him back to the Camp Nou in 2011.
However, Fabregas’ time back in Catalonia did not go exactly according to plan, with his difficult 3-year spell with the Blaugrana eventually brought to an end by Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
Following his return to England, the gifted creator revealed that he left Barcelona due to the club’s fans not appreciating him anymore, a fact made clear by the large sections of supporters who had resorted to booing their youth product during his final season at the Camp Nou.
‘Too happy to change’
It has been a very different story for Fabregas since his move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2014, though, with the 110-time capped La Roja international opening up on life back in London during the aforementioned interview with Vanity Fair earlier today:
‘I’ve found absolute happiness at Chelsea. The family is loving it, totally adapted to London life, the fans love me, I’m too happy to change. From Barcelona I only miss my family and friends.’