There was once a time when Cesc Fabregas was a hero at Arsenal.
It appears that the 32-year-old could have made another big move as well, and a lot earlier than the eventual switch to Barcelona. In an interview with Spanish outlet AS, Fabregas has been speaking about a potential transfer to Real Madrid when he was just 18.
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He explained, “There were a lot of talks with Florentino, and with [Ramón] Calderón. They called me more than once or twice. The first time I was very young. I was 18 and they offered me a big salary, but I felt like I belonged at Arsenal. Wenger had bet the farm on me. I couldn’t leave.”
Whilst it may have been intended to show his loyalty to Arsenal at the time, it appears that the Gunners fans are unwilling to let sleeping dogs lie. Some have taken to Twitter to slam their former number four, and you can see some of the best comments from the social media platform below.
— DonLEEFK-日々進化中 (@donaldlee0906) September 5, 2019
Then you snaked us Cesc
— Fizan Khan ? (@FizanKhan1) September 5, 2019
And later joined our rivals Chelsea later down line ??♂️ very nice of you buddy
— Jono Crofts (@jonocrofts) September 5, 2019
“I was 18 and they [Real Madrid] offered me a big salary, but I felt like I belonged at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger had bet the farm on me. I couldn’t leave.”
– Cesc Fabregas pic.twitter.com/u2LeoWIy49
— Jaylon?? (@jaylonw_) September 5, 2019
Make we hear word! Judas!
— Alex Bolokor (@guonob) September 5, 2019
Cmon man. We all know you sold your loyalty to play for other clubs when we needed you most. You were our captain, our playmaker, our best player.
— Theodore Henry (@Theo_Henry) September 5, 2019