Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas wanted to rejoin Arsenal in the summer, according to his former teammate at both Arsenal and Barcelona Alex Song.
Fabregas’ move to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window was one of the most shocking signings that took place throughout the summer months.
The Spain international was heavily linked with a move back to Arsenal last season, but their interest never seemed to materialise in any legitimate way and a switch never occurred.
Instead, Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s manager, made a stunning swoop to bring Fabregas back to the Premier League, buying the former Arsenal man for a fee reported to be around £30 million.
This came as something of a surprise, with Fabregas’ Barcelona and Mourinho’s Real Madrid having regularly feuded over the last few season.
It also came as a hammer blow to Arsenal fans, who still identified with Fabregas after his departure.
Song has revealed Fabregas wanted to return, saying: “Cesc also wanted to come back to Arsenal, who did not want activate their buy-back clause.
“It was surprising. When I see what he is doing at Chelsea. He is even better than before!”
Chelsea midfield Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he would love it if his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi turned down Arsenal and joined him at Stamford Bridge instead.
The 27 year old is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, but has reportedly become dissatisfied with life at the Nou Camp.
As a result, over the last few months Messi has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League.
Some of the clubs thought to be vying for his services include Fabregas’ former club Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the forward.
Fabregas, speaking on Spanish radio, has claimed that it would be exceptional to see Messi join him at Chelsea in the Premier League.
Speaking to Radio Marca, he said:”I wish! Why not? I’d love that to happen. I’d be all for it.
“As a Barca man, I believe that Messi deserves to retire there for all that he has given the club.
“He is a legend that has changed Barca’s history. But, as his team-mate and friend, without doubt I’d love to have Leo by my side.
“This season Barca are Messi and 10 others. Messi has saved his team on many occasions.”
It remains to be seen if the four time Ballon d’Or winner will make a move from Barcelona in the near future, but there has been more speculation over a possible switch recently than at any time in the past.
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Last night’s display against Schalke spoke for a Chelsea side at the top of their game.
The 5-0 victory, away from home, against Roberto Di Matteo’s new team, was the absolute epitome of everything Jose Mourinho has been building since he took charge of Chelsea again last summer.
Unlike other teams in the Mourinho mould, his Chelsea side have graft and beauty in equal measure.
They now head into December, assuming they can manage the next game, undefeated in all competitions and with only one draw in the Premier League, which came away from home against last season’s champions Manchester City, showing the extent to which they are the top dogs in the English top flight.
Here’s why they’ve been so good:
1. Nemanja Matic
Brought back from Benfica for £21 million last January, Matic is the platform on which Chelsea play. He’s a dominating figure in the middle of the park and offers a shield for the back and talent going forward.
Bringing back Matic was arguably Mourinho’s best decision since his return.
2. Cesc Fabregas
An Arsenal hero, yes, but Fabregas will undoubtedly go on to make a bigger impact at Chelsea than he did with the north London side.
He offers creative flair alongside Matic, and the two in tandem are comfortably one of the stronger midfield pairings in the league.
3. Eden Hazard
This is an obvious one, but it’s staggering to think of how good Hazard has actually been this season. He’s scored more than 1 in 3, provides more than two chances a game for his teammates and completes 65.26% of his take ons, with the highest number in the league at 62 take ons.
He’s a genuine star and any team would be lucky to have him.
4. Diego Costa
Diego Costa looks like he eats bullets for breakfast and gunpowder for lunch, then tops it off with a lit match for dinner. He’s a brutal striker, one who scares defenders and backs it up with goal after goal.
He has 11 goals in only 10 games in the Premier League – what more could you ask for from a striker?
5. The Defence And Courtois
Mourinho’s sides are famed for their ability to keep out the opposition, but with more attacking drive in the team this could have fallen by the wayside.
It is to the credit of the defence and Thibaut Courtois, freshly returned from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid, that this has not happened. Courtois often displays moments of individual shot stopping brilliance when it looks inevitable that an opponent will score.
This is, in part, why Chelsea have the second best defensive record in the league, behind only surprise package Southampton. They’ve conceded only 11 goals.