Cesc Fabregas has revealed in detail why he rejected a transfer move to join Real Madrid many times while he was still an Arsenal player.
The former Chelsea, Barcelona player joined Arsenal’s academy in 2003 and made his senior debut for the club at the age of 16.
Fabregas has played more than 300 games for Arsenal, winning the FA Cup and also reaching the Champions League final in 2006.
Cech Fabregas later left Arsenal in 2011 to join Barcelona but claims he turned down many opportunities to sign for Real Madrid before making a move to Barcelona.
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“They [Real Madrid] 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. In any case, I’ll always be grateful to Madrid for the way they treated me.
“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 Barcelona and if I felt that way it was for a reason. It all worked out pretty well for me,” Fabregas told AS.