Chelsea have signed former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona on a five-year deal.

 

“FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Cesc Fabregas to the English club,” Barca said in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.es).

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Fabregas said: “Firstly 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.

“I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return.

“I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice.

“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.

“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.

“I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return.”

Fabregas was expected to leave Camp Nou after Barcelona after reports last month that Barcelona were prepared to sell the player. Arsenal had a buy-back clause inserted when the Spaniard left the Emirates in 2011, but Arsene Wenger didn’t want him back at the Emirates. The 27-year-old is currently in Brazil with the national squad preparing for their first World Cup match against the Netherlands.