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Former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has revealed that his decision to leave Spanish giants Barcelona for Arsenal in 2003 was a very tough one for him to make, especially at a very young age.
The Spain international arrived in north London fourteen years ago having spent six seasons in the La Liga giants’ famous La Masia football academy.
The 30-year-old made his senior debut for the Gunners just a month after the move as he started a League Cup tie against Rotherham United at Highbury.
Fabregas then went on to make a further 302 appearances for Arsenal and was handed the captaincy before eventually returning to Barcelona in 2011.
Speaking to Gary Lineker on the BBC’s Premier League Show, Fabregas opened up about his first move to England.
“Yes it was [a big decision],” Fabregas explained reports Express
“I’d just turned 16, and you see Arsene Wenger there waiting for you, cutting his holiday [short] just to come to see you. For me it was a bit like: ‘What have I done
“They made an offer for me. Arsene was very clear he wanted me to train with the first-team, basically since day one.
“I’m not going to lie, it was tough, but a fantastic opportunity.
“At Barcelona it was so difficult. You had the likes of [Andres] Iniesta, who still didn’t even reach the first-team at the time and he was seen as the next big thing.
“I just had to make the decision. I did it and it happened. And here I am today.”
Following his return to Spain, Fabregas enjoyed a successful spell with the Catalan club winning six trophies with Barcelona in just three seasons before heading back to London, this time with rivals Chelsea in 2014.