Chelsea new boy justifies Barcelona exit

Cesc Fabregas has spoken for the first time about his exit from Barcelona and insists he has made the right decision by joining Chelsea.

The 27-year-old completed a £27million switch to Stamford Bridge last week and Barcelona confirmed the deal by claiming he had been sold due to a number of poor performances.

But Fabregas has rubbished such claims and insists he asked to leave the Nou Camp and that the club didn’t want him to leave.

He told the London Evening Standard: “I asked Barcelona to find a way for me to leave the club.

“The president tried to stop the sale, but I already had my mind made up. I spoke with [sporting director] Andoni Zubizarreta and the president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] and I told them I wanted to leave.

“Honestly, it all went really smoothly. I’m not leaving for any specific reason, if not for a multitude of different things, my own errors and that’s it.”

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The Spaniard’s decision to join Chelsea angered the fans of former club Arsenal, where he played and captained for eight years before his switch to Barcelona in 2011.

But he insists he has made the right decision by joining the Gunners’ fierce London rivals and that he is delighted to be back in London.

“If I didn’t think that ‘d be happy at Chelsea, I would never have made this decision,” he added.

“Above all, I want to be happy both professionally and personally. I have no doubt I’ll be happy , I lived in London for eight years, I have friends and family there.”

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