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Former Arsenal skipper claims he rejected La Liga giants more than once

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AS published an interview with former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and the Spaniard opened up about foreign interest in him when he was a Gunner.

Fabregas, now at Monaco, played 306 times for Arsenal scoring 59 goals and providing 92 assists. The midfielder left us for his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011 but he claims that he was approached by the Catalans’ fierce rivals, Real Madrid, on more than one occasion during his time here.

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He said: “There were a lot of talks with Florentino, and with [Ramón] Calderón. If I had been [up for a move], I’d have been a Madrid player. 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.”

“When I was 23 I had a serious calf injury and they sent me a really nice message. I’m grateful for their interest in me but I always dreamed of playing for Barça and if I felt that way it was for a reason. It all worked out pretty well for me”, he concluded.

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The grass isn’t always greener on the other side:

Fabregas faced the wrath of Arsenal fans in 2014 when he joined local rivals Chelsea from Barcelona. The Spaniard won the Premier League with the Blues but was in ways forced out to Monaco. He has played 16 times so far for the Principality club scoring just one goal and providing no assists.

A fan favourite in North London, Fabregas could have ended his career as a legend had he stayed but he still faces mixed reactions from Gunners fans. Wenger took a chance on him when he was a kid and helped him become the player he turned out to be but the Spaniard leaving when the Arsenal boss needed him the most was painful, to say the least.

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