Cesc Fabregas has revealed he chose to move to Stamford Bridge after Arsene Wenger didn’t want him back at the Emirates.

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 signed for Chelsea in a £27m deal.

The move shocked many Arsenal fans, but their former skipper has now revealed its Arsene Wenger who didn’t want him back. Wenger told him Ozil has covered his position well and he’d struggle to find a place for him in the starting XI.

Fabregas said: “There came a moment when I decided my time at Barcelona was over and I only tried to look for the best option for me.

“Arsenal were the first option due to a clause in the contract. We spoke with Wenger and he said that with Ozil they had this position well covered.

“From there, I had other very good offers and I looked for the best in the Premier League, which is where I wanted to go.

“I spoke with Jose Mourinho and he won me over, he convinced me, told me what I wanted to hear and from there everything was very quick.

“I hope that this new phase of my career goes phenomenally well.”

The former Arsenal captain has signed a five-year deal, which will see him move to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup. Meanwhile, Mourinho has hailed Fabregas as a great player and he thinks the Spanish international will add a new dimension to the team.

“Cesc is a great player that gives a new dimension to our team,” Mourinho told Marca. “He’s different from [Nemanja] Matic, Ramires and Oscar. With him we have a comprehensive central midfield. I wanted a midfielder with a certain style and now I have him.

“There are no problems. We had a five-minute chat and we cleared everything up. He knows what I think.”

Mourinho also confirmed Ramires, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, will stay at Stamford Bridge for the next season.

“Ramires will stay at Chelsea, he won’t be sold,” Mourinho said.