Fabregas Video Rating: 4 / 5
After joining the Spanish club Barcelona more than 18 months ago, Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he is extremely happy at the Catalan club. Even though he has spoken in the past about his love for Arsenal, the Spaniard has all but ruled out the possibility of returning to Arsenal. Fabregas became one of the best midfielders in the world when he was an Arsenal player. He was transferred to Barcelona in a deal worth around £ 35 million. Fabregas has said that now that he has arrived at Barcelona, he would not like to leave the club ever.
He has stated that he would be extremely happy if his career finished at Barcelona. Fabregas is viewed as the long-term replacement for the veteran Xavi, who is coming to the end of his career. After failing to settle with the team in his first season back at the club, Fabregas has been one of the important players under the management of Tito Vilanova. He has been largely utilised as a second striker in many of the matches. He has managed to repay the faith of Vilanova by scoring six goals in just 20 appearances for the club this season. He has been one of the vital reasons for their domination in the league this season.
“Now I have returned and I want to stay, if I can and if I deserve to, forever. For me, to win the Champions League with Barca would be the best dream I could have as a football player. Our game against AC Milan is the most important of the season and although people say that Milan are not the same as in previous seasons it will still be a great challenge in a difficult stadium,” said the 25-year-old ahead of the Champions League match with AC Milan.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he expects the former midfielder Cesc Fabregas to return to the club one day. The 25-year-old recently joined Barcelona in a £ 35 million deal after spending eight seasons at Arsenal. Fabregas had made no secret of the fact that he had a lot of love for his boyhood club Barcelona, from whom Arsenal managed to secure his signature for around £ 2 million as a 16-year-old. During his time at Arsenal, Fabregas won very little but he has already managed to lift several trophies since joining Barcelona.
Fabregas is a player who regards both Arsenal and Barcelona in the same breath. As a result, Wenger thinks that the player will be making that return to the club in four years time. Since the departure of Fabregas, many top players like Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, and Alex Song have departed the club. It remains to be seen if Fabregas will want to come to Arsenal, who have a very little chance of winning in the trophy in the near future. The club has not managed to win a single trophy since the 2005 FA Cup victory. Almost no player from the squad of that season survives now.
“I’m not convinced Fabregas won’t come back here one day. He’s an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal. He watches every Arsenal game. Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept this, especially as Barcelona are the best team in the world. He won’t return in the next two or three years but, after that, maybe. It was the tipping point for me. It’s important that we have some consistency. If they are ingrained with Arsenal, it is easier to keep them,” said Arsene Wenger, whose team sit outside the top four.
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The Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that he is not happy with his bit part role at the club this season, but has said that he will not be leaving the club under any circumstances. Cesc Fabregas signed from Barcelona for £ 35 million last season and he was a first-team regular under Guardiola. Even though Fabregas was not as successful as he would have hoped in his first season at the club, the former Arsenal midfielder would have been looking to settle at the club this season. However, the new manager Tito Vilanova has largely used to him as a substitute in the first few matches of the campaign.
This has been causing a lot of unrest within the Fabregas camp after the midfielder recently claimed that he was not happy with his role as a substitute within the club. Barcelona have one of the strongest midfield amongst any club in the world. Hence, it is difficult for any player to replace the likes of Iniesta and Xavi on a regular basis. Fabregas acknowledges this, but has said that he is not happy with his role at the moment. Despite this, the 25-year-old has confirmed that he will not be leaving the club at any stage.
“There’s no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football – I couldn’t tell you what makes a great substitute. I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on. If I have to take my unhappy face home then so be it, but I would never let my team-mates or manager see it. I’ve always said that I play for the best team in the world, but I came here to compete, to learn and enjoy, not to sit wracking my brains,” said Cesc Fabregas in a recent interview.
Cesc Fabregas has said that his former club Arsenal has done the right thing by investing in his countryman Santi Cazorla. Arsenal has bought Cazorla from Malaga just a few days ago. However, the transfer fee was not revealed by either of the clubs, but, it is rumoured to be around 15 million pounds. Fabregas, who had joined Barcelona after leaving Arsenal in the previous season, said that Cazorla has got special abilities and his inclusion would definitely strengthen the Arsenal squad.
Fabregas said that he can never forget his tenure at Arsenal. This club is very close to his heart. As per Fabregas, even after joining Barcelona, he follows Arsenal matches regularly. He also praised the manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, for signing some good players this summer. Apart from Cazorla, Wenger has also signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski this summer. On being asked about the reason which prompted him to leave Arsenal last summer, Fabregas said that he wanted to play in the La Liga and that was one of the biggest reasons to join Barcelona. It is the best league in the world and not every player gets a chance to play in La Liga.
The Spanish superstar admitted that his performance in the last season was not up to his potential. As per Fabregas, he didn’t contribute enough for the team in the last season and he is determined to do well this time around. Fabregas’ performance has been decent in the pre season matches, but, he is still not looking at his best. On being asked about that, Fabregas said that the pre season matches are important from the fitness point of view and the form of a player should not be judged according to his performance in the pre season matches. At times, the players don’t give their 100% in these pre season matches. It is important how you perform in the league. If you play well in the league, nobody would remember your performance in the pre season matches.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that the club refused to give up on their principles and it was extremely delightful to see according to the midfielder. The former Arsenal man said that the Champions League exit would have been more painful had they given up on their philosophies in the match against Chelsea. Chelsea defended with 10 men behind the ball all the time. As a result, Barcelona were unable to play their usual passing game due to the number of bodies around the penalty box. Barcelona were also unable to cross the ball due to the lack of height within the team.
This meant that Chelsea are able to complete a stunning 3-2 win on aggregate against Barcelona, which helped them reach the final of the Champions League where they will be facing Bayern Munich. Many have been pointing out to the fact that Barcelona lacked a Plan B when the passing game was not working out. However, Fabregas has said that it was more crucial that Barcelona did not deviate from their philosophy of passing football. Despite having more than 80% of the possession in the match, Barcelona were unable to create many clear-cut opportunities apart from the penalty taken by Lionel Messi.
“It’s a painful way to go out because we were superior. The result in Stamford Bridge is what did us in. We played a great game, we dominated and we created a lot of chances. We didn’t sacrifice our style. It’s painful to be eliminated this way, seeing that we had a lot of chances to score. It’s a very hard blow. We have to hold our heads high. [Next year] we’ll have the chance to do important things,” Fabregas said after the match. Fabregas won the penalty for Barcelona, which was missed by Lionel Messi.