Previous
Celtic
Alashkert FC
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
Minnesota United FC
New England Revolution
12:00 AM UTC Jul 19, 2018
Game Details
FC Sion
Internazionale
4:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Orlando City SC
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Chicago Fire
Louisville City FC
12:30 AM UTC Jul 19, 2018
Game Details
Houston Dynamo
Sporting Kansas City
12:30 AM UTC Jul 19, 2018
Game Details
LAFC
Portland Timbers
2:30 AM UTC Jul 19, 2018
Game Details
Next

Alisson would be a major statement for Liverpool

Liverpool
Read

Henry ready for management role - Pires

English Premier League
Read

Klopp: I never thought about Germany job

Liverpool
Read

Man United need to show Rashford he has a future

Manchester United
Read

Sturridge wants Liverpool stay, more game time

Liverpool
Read

Six of the biggest ICC games

International Champions Cup
Read

Brewster signs first pro deal with Liverpool

Liverpool
Read
ESPN FC  By ESPN

Fabregas: Arsenal didn't need me

Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he signed for Chelsea rather than Arsenal as the Gunners were unable to fit him in alongside Mesut Ozil.

- Mangan: Failure to re-sign Fabregas could haunt Arsenal

Fabregas, 27, left Barcelona to join the Blues earlier this week in a transfer worth a reported 33 million euros plus extras, signing a five-year deal.

There was a clause in the Spain international's Barca contract that entitled former club Arsenal to a first refusal on a player who spent eight years in North London.

However, Fabregas says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger turned down the opportunity to sign him as the club already had enough cover in his position.

"When I decided that my time at Barcelona had ended, I looked for the best option for me," Fabregas, currently on World Cup duty with Spain, told a news conference in quotes picked up by the Guardian.

"Arsenal was the first option, for contractual reasons. There was a clause that gave them the right to decide.

"We spoke to Wenger and he said that the space was very well filled by Mesut Ozil and it was hard to find a place for both of us in the team."

It was only after it became clear Fabregas would be unable to return to Arsenal that Blues boss Jose Mourinho convinced him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Now a Chelsea player, the midfielder is looking forward to embarking on a new chapter in his career and is hopeful that much success will follow.

"I wanted to go back to the Premier League and I had to think about what my options were then," he said. "I had many very good offers, the logical options.

"I spoke to Jose Mourinho and he told me that he wanted me there. He convinced me very, very quickly. He told me what I wanted to hear; he won me over and convinced me.

"It was very quick. I am very happy, very satisfied and I think it will all go phenomenally well."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.