Chelsea have signed former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas for a rumoured €33 million (approximately $47 million).
Arsenal had a first option buy-back clause and chose not to pursue the 27-year-old Spaniard, leaving Chelsea to make a second signing in as many weeks after the capture of prolific Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
Fabregas spent three years at Barcelona and thanked the fans and club.
“I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team,” Fabregas told Barcelona’s website.
The Spaniard is currently in Brazil with the national team and he also spoke about a Premier League return with Chelsea.
“I do feel I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for my return. (Chelsea) They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can’t wait to start playing,” he said.
Fabregas will be in action for Spain on June 14 when they open their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands. – Jake O’Brien