Midfielder reflects on Barcelona exit and surprise Chelsea move.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits he never would have believed five years ago that he could have ended up playing for the Blues, he revealed in an in-depth interview with El Pais.
The Spaniard made the surprise £30m switch to Chelsea from Barcelona this summer, having only lasted three seasons at his hometown club, whom he joined from Arsenal in the summer of 2011.
Having been one of the Gunners’ best players for a number of years, and eventually their captain, it was something of a shock for fans when he made the quick return to English football to sign for the Blues, and he admits that he himself couldn’t have seen it coming either.
“If you told me five years ago I’d be playing for Mourinho at Chelsea I’d never have believed you. But you never know in life,” he said.
Fabregas added that he does not feel his time at Barcelona was a waste, as he made his contribution to plenty of success in his three seasons at the Nou Camp, including a record-breaking 100 points in their La Liga win of 2012/13.
Still, the 27-year-old concedes that things could also have gone better for him on his emotional return to the Catalan giants, and that he made the right decision to quit the club this summer and take on a new challenge.
“It could be better but it could be worse,” he said. “No, I have nothing to complain about. I always felt part of the group. Just at the end of the first season I did not participate much, but in the second I played 34 games, won La Liga with 100 points. I fulfilled a dream. I could not live without playing football in Barcelona.
“I won six titles in three years, 42 goals in 150 games. It was fantastic.
“It was the week after Copa del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid that I started to realise it was coming to an end at Barca, that it was best to leave.”