Cesc Fabregas is one of the most decorated, and of course controversial, football players who lit up proceedings in the sport.
The Spanish central midfielder were at the centre of talks when he left Barcelona to join Chelsea in 2014 for a five-year deal worth 33 million euros. This happened as moves for him to return to Arsenal bogged down.
He further made the news by saying that the Barca president then tried to stop his sale. But “I already made up my mind. He added he did not think he would be happy at Chelsea.
Amidst the speculations, reasons on why he eventually chose to be with the Blues emerged.
One of these is that his form has started to turn for worse at Barca and then manager Luis Enrique allowed him to hold dialogues for other clubs for a possible transfer.
Another reason is that he has made his intention to return to the Premier League and play for a Champions League level side.
Moreover, Arsenal had a clause with Barca during his transfer to the captain outfit that they had first right of refusal. Then Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said that they did not intend to buy him because they had other options to play for his position amongst them Mesut Ozil.
Fabregas made it to Chelsea as a replacement for Frank Lampard. It was then Blues manager Jose Mourinho who convinced Fabregas to ply his trade at the London outfit.
Having lived in London for eight years, Fabregas was signed by Chelsea because they have the same goal of winning trophies.
By acquiring the services of Fabregas, Chelsea knew they can give him the salary he wants and let him pay the central midfield position that he prefers, and that they believed he can be successful with the club.
Well, as they say, what has happened between Fabregas and Chelsea and the other clubs involved along that controversial transfer saga is history.
Everybody has since moved on.
Currently, the 32-year-old Fabregas plays for Ligue 1 team Monaco and the Spain national squad.