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Transfer Rater: Hazard to Real Madrid

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fabregas: Time was right to join Blues

Cesc Fabregas admits former manager Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to bring the Spaniard back to Arsenal.

New Chelsea signing Cesc Fabregas says that the time was right for him to leave Barcelona and head back to the Premier League.

Fabregas, 27, joined the Stamford Bridge side for 30 million pounds before the World Cup began after Arsenal rejected the chance to take up an option on their former captain. However, the Spain midfielder believes that, after due consideration, he has made the right choice for his career.

"It was very important for me that the deal was done before the World Cup," Fabregas said. "I wanted my head free and to know what I was going to do next season and where I was going to be. I thought I was at the right age and I believed I wanted a change. I looked at all the offers I had and after speaking to the coach, I thought Chelsea was the best decision.

"Jose's teams are always difficult to beat and always difficult to play against. Tactically they are very well-composed and they have discipline. He gets the best out of his players."

Fabregas' arrival at the Bridge will complement that of 32 million pound striker Diego Costa and the midfielder is delighted that his Spain teammate is going to be joining him.

"Diego has been progressing immensely in the last couple of years," Fabregas added. "He is a real threat in every single game. Last season he was playing every three days and he was consistently giving really strong performances.

"He goes behind the defence and he makes the kind of runs players like me really like because it gives you an option to play the killer ball. I think he will do superbly here."


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