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Cesc Fabregas: Is he worth all the hype?

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After being told he can leave Barcelona this summer, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas looks set for a Premier league return at the start of the new season.

After leaving Barcelona's academy in 2003, Fabregas became one of Arsenal's most important players of the past 20 years after joining at the age of 16.

During that time, he scored 57 goals and gained over 100 assists from his midfield position.

In 2008, despite his young age, he was given the Arsenal captaincy which proved how highly the club and manager Arsene Wenger regard him.

However, during his time at one of English footballs most successful clubs, Fabregas only won one trophy, the FA Cup in 2005.

Towards the latter stages of his Arsenal career, the club gradually fell down the league over time, going from a title challenging side to a team trying to qualify for the Champions league.

Former club Barcelona had been trying to re-capture their former academy graduate for a long time, and in August 2011, the Catalan Giants got their man for a fee of around £35 million.

In his first season back at Barcelona, Fabregas flourished and proved yet again that he was one of the best midfielders in world football, netting 13 goals.

After winning just one trophy in eight years at Arsenal, the Spaniard claimed the Spanish Cup, Spanish super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Uefa Super Cup all in his first season back, at a place he commonly refers to as, 'home'.

The following season, the 27 year-old was on fine form, netting another 13 goals, winning the first league title of his career.

The 2013/14 season started off well for both Fabregas and Barcelona by winning another Spanish super Cup, however the club's fine start to the season soon started to crumble as Real Madrid and Atletico overtook the Catalans in the title race.

The second half of the season was particularly poor for Barcelona as they lost out on all three major competitions, Fabregas finding the back of the net on just two occasions during that period.

So with a new manager joining Barcelona, Fabregas is now deemed surplus to requirements at the club that tried so hard to sign him for so long.

Fortunately for Cesc, it looks like his dream of returning to the Premier league has been given a lifeline with Chelsea.

With legendary midfielder Frank Lampard leaving the blues, they need a goalscoring midfielder to replace him and Fabregas is perfect for that role.

In a midfield of Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets, Mata, Cazorla, Pedro and Alonso, Fabregas is still a regular for the current World Cup and European Championships, proving just how good he really is.

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