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Football: Former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas signs for Chelsea for $37m

Published on Jun 13, 2014 4:28 AM
A file picture taken on October 29, 2013 shows Barcelona's midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrating after scoring during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo. Spanish giants Barcelona have agreed to sell midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea, the club said on June 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has signed for English Premier League club Chelsea from Barcelona, he confirmed on Thursday.

Fabregas, who is preparing for the World Cup with the Spain squad in Brazil, is believed to have signed a five-year contract for a fee in the region of £30 million (S$37 million). The 27-year-old former star of Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal said he had "unfinished business" in English football and revealed that Arsenal had decided not to use their option to re-sign him.

He said in a statement: "I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn't meant to be. I wish them well in the future."

Fabregas said it was "extremely important" to him that the move was completed before Spain begin their World Cup defence "so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy".

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