Cape Town - After spending eight seasons in the red of Arsenal, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he "will always feel like a
Gunner" before confirming his commitment to the cause at Stamford Bridge.
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Arsenal will always be in Cesc Fabregas' heart according to the Independent.
"Don’t think that I didn’t think things through [about his Arsenal link before the move to their rivals]," said Fabregas on joining rivals Chelsea.
"I will always feel a Gunner and I know that I am going to return to [the Emirates Stadium] and I feel that it will be a special moment but I am committed."
"I spoke with my agent and told him to find me a team," the midfielder told El Pais.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger passed up the chance to bring Fabregas back to England.
Arsenal's loss was Chelsea's gain, as Jose Mourinho swooped in to sign the talented midfielder.
"Chelsea's offer arrived and for
me it was about returning to London, the place where I did best. There was no
better exit. I spoke with Mourinho and he told me things that I needed to hear,
I felt valued, felt that I was going to be part of something important.
"[If you'd told me five years ago that I would play for
Chelsea and Mourinho] I would not have believed you, but life changes.
"I started to think about [leaving Barca] after the
Copa del Rey final. It was when I started to think that it had finished, that
there was a change or that I didn’t want to continue.
Fabregas insisted that he can play against a beloved side while still going all out for the victory.
"Remember that I played a Champions League final
against Barcelona! I swear to you that I would have done anything to win that
game [even though] I’d been Barcelona since I was a kid!
"So you know that when I play against Arsenal I will
know who I am playing with, who my teammates are and who I will defend and I
know that the Arsenal fans will understand; I have no doubt."