Fàbregas finally joins FC Barcelona, after signing a contract that will keep him at the club for the next five seasons. Bringing to a close what the BBC called one of the most protracted transfer sagas in recent times. His buyout clause will be 200 million Euros. It’s safe to say he will be staying a while and we FCB fans are loving it. I always knew it would happen. It was meant to be, just one small thing the world can scratch off its ‘to do’ list.
Full name: Francesc Fàbregas i Soler
Born: 4 May 1987
Place of birth: Vilassar de Mar,(Barcelona), Catalonia in Spain
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position: Midfielder
Strengths: Naturally talented footballer, sublime skill, wonderful technique, superb vision, and great passing ability.
For a player that is still so young (24yrs) he has already reached legendary status…
Fàbregas started his football career as a trainee with Barcelona but was signed by Premier League side Arsenal in September 2003 at the tender age of 16. Following injuries to key midfielders in the 2004–05 season, he went on to establish himself as Arsenal’s starting central midfielder, playmaker, and eventually captain. He broke many of the club’s records in the process, earning himself a reputation as one of the best young players for his position. In 2011, he returned to his former club Barcelona for an initial €34 million.
Fàbregas has supported FC Barcelona since childhood and went to his first match when he was nine months old with his grandfather (It was written in the stars). During his time at Barcelona’s youth academy, Fàbregas idolised Barcelona’s then-captain and number four Josep Guardiola. How fitting that the young legend now has joined the man that gave him the number four jersey back when Cesc was 13 years old.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is sad to see Cesc Fàbregas finally complete his transfer to European champions FC Barcelona.
Fàbregas completed his transfer to his boyhood club on Monday, 15th August and whilst Wenger says he wanted to keep the Spanish international, he feels Arsenal will move on.
The legendary manager had this to say: “We lost a world-class player and we are sad about it,… We did try to keep him but in the end, you have as well to respect the desire of the player, and this club is 125 years old this season and many big players left the club and the club went on, and that’s what we want to show – that we have the strength and unity to fight as ever.”
The Gunners are my favorite team in the English Premier League and will definitely feel the loss but they too have made some good acquisitions, namely Ivorian winger Gervinho. Should they manage to keep French superstar Nasri they will still have to dig deep to fill the void left by Fàbregas.
Could we possibly see him in action tonight against foes FC Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup? It remains to be seen…wouldn’t put it past ‘Pep’ Guardiola though! #ForçaBarça!!