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Cesc Fabregas was a household name in Arsenal before he left for Barcelona. He reached a hero status and was even given the role of captain at a very young age before he left for the Spanish league.

Fabregas, who joined the Gunners in 2003, was a fans’ favourite during his time in north London and even vowed not to play for another English club.

In 2011, he told Spanish magazine Don Balon: “If some day I leave Arsenal it will never be to sign for another English team. I’m very sure.”

However, just three years later he was back in the Premier League playing for Chelsea.

He has now revealed why he had to break his promise to Arsenal.

“Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first,” Fabregas told Sky Sports.

“Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause.

“I knew Chelsea were on the side, among other clubs, but after I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho in the meantime he convinced me that it was a great place to come.

“The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea.”

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