Barcelona tried to block Cesc Fabregas from joining Chelsea

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Now the dust has settled on Cesc Fabregas' switch to Chelsea from Barcelona it seems as though some of the finer details of the move are starting to emerge.

The Spaniard completed his £27 million transfer to Stamford Bridge last week, returning to the Premier League just three years after he left to join Barcelona from Arsenal. The move hasn't exactly endeared him further to his former club's fans, with some even moving to burn his shirt in revenge for his perceived treachery.

To make matters worse for Arsenal fans, Fabregas also confirmed after penning a five-year deal with Chelsea that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had actually turned down the option to activate an automatic buy-back clause in his contract.

While that may prove to be a mistake it seems that it was very much a case of now or never for Arsenal, with Fabregas revealing that it was he who forced the move this summer, and not Barcelona. 

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Indeed the Catalan club wanted to retain his services, but with no other option decided to accept Chelsea's offer and sign Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic as his replacement.

He said: "I asked Barcelona to find a way for me to leave the club. The president tried to stop the sale, but I already had my mind made up.

"At the time, I spoke with [sporting director] Andoni Zubizarreta and the president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] and I told them I wanted to leave.

"Honestly, it all went really smoothly. I'm not leaving for any specific reason, if not for a multitude of different things, my own errors and that’s it.”

Fabregas struggled to fit in during his three seasons with Barcelona, and by the end was booed by his own fans as he and his team-mates fell short in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

That was the end of manager Gerardo Martino, and it seems an overhaul of the playing squad has begun too.

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The same can be said of Chelsea as well, with a host of players coming and going this summer. David Luiz has left to join Paris Saint-Germain, while with Fabregas signed up, the Blues are expected to complete the transfer of Diego Costa and a host of others shortly.

Add in the fact that Thibaut Coutois is expected to end his three-season spell in Spain with Atletico Madrid to return to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are looking incredibly strong ahead of the new Premier League campaign. 

Fabregas will likely play a key role for the Blues next season with Frank Lampard on his way out of the club, and the midfielder insists he's looking forward to a successful career in west London.

"If I didn't think that I'd be happy at Chelsea, I would've never made this decision," he explained. "Above all, I want to be happy both professionally and personally.

Chelsea have great players - young and talented - and building a great team with new signings. I have no doubt I'll be happy, I lived in London for eight years, I have friends and family there."

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