Cesc Fabregas could have joined Real Madrid

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed that he could have joined Real Madrid.

In an interview given to Spanish sports newspaper MARCA, Fabregas was quoted as saying: “Well, there was contact with different presidents over the space of several years, but no deal was ever struck.”

He also disclosed that contract negotiations and terms were also discussed between the concerned parties.


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“We discussed terms, but nothing final was ever agreed. That decisive step was never taken.”

Although the timeline of the contact between Fabregas and Los Blancos was not revealed, it is believed that it was before he joined his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011.

During his three-year stay at Camp Nou, Fabregas made 151 appearances for the Catalan club in all competitions and won several accolades. But one title that has eluded his trophy cabinet is winning the Champions League.

The 28-year-old majorly played second fiddle to Xavi and Iniesta which is what prompted him to move elsewhere where he could get more minutes on the pitch.

It was Jose Mourinho’s masterstroke that helped Chelsea acquire the services of the dynamic playmaker.

Praise for Ancelotti

The Spanish international also praised The Galacticos’ style-of-play under former manager Carlo Ancelotti.

According to the Express, he said: “I liked the way Real Madrid played under Ancelotti, it was attractive as a football fan.

"But I also understand that it is Real Madrid and they need to win every year so you can understand that it [Ancelotti’s sacking] happens when they go one season without winning, but I liked the football under Ancelotti.”

Opinion on El Clasico

However, when asked about his opinion about the upcoming El Clasico and being a former Barca man himself, it was an easy guess who he sided with.

One of his closest friend, Lionel Messi is undergoing rehabilitation for the knee injury sustained earlier in the season, but Fabregas reckons Barcelona are still favourites to win the duel. reports Fabregas saying: “Even if Leo plays or not, Barcelona will play 4-3-3 and have the ball. It is just a style - attacking, possession. Real Madrid, there are more doubts over the way they will play. A favourite? I think Barcelona are best.”

Chelsea headache

The former Arsenal star helped Chelsea win the double last season but has failed to inspire this term, resulting in the Blues being menacingly close to the relegation zone - currently 16th with 11 points.

Succumbing to seven losses in 12 fixtures, Fabregas believes it's the unity and focus among the squad that would bring positive results their way.

He also reiterated that the players, fans and the Chelsea hierarchy completely back their Portuguese manager to guide the club forward.

Fabregas was the best player on the field in Spain’s friendly against England last Friday, providing an assist for the opening goal with a sublime chip for Mario Gasper to score. He would be hoping to perform at the same level for the London-based outfit when Premier League action returns to Stamford Bridge on November 21 against Norwich.

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