Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has denied quotes attributed to him in Sport magazine claiming that he didn’t believe Arsenal would win a trophy in the near future.
The Spaniard signed for his Catalan home club in the summer after a drawn out transfer saga, and has been highly respectful to Arsene Wenger and his team in the time that has passed since.
Fabregas reportedly told Sport magazine the following in response to why he left Arsenal:
“I needed a change in my life, that’s the truth. We weren’t winning any titles and it was very frustrating for me. I didn’t feel like I was developing any more as I should do. I want to be in a club that is able to win the big titles year after year, and I don’t see that kind of future for Arsenal.
“I still have many feelings for Arsenal, but I fear that they won’t be able to push the other big clubs in England away. If you look at the team this season, I can’t see them finishing in front of teams like Manchester United or City. Or Chelsea. There’s just too big a difference between the squads.
“I respect that Arsenal doesn’t have the same financial opportunities as the others, but it was part of my decision to leave that I find it hard to see Arsenal winning the Premier League or Champions League in the near future. I hope they will replace me and the others that have left with some quality players, and maybe they can take Arsenal back to their level as champions.”
Fabregas then took to his Twitter account to deny the quotes, with the below his verbatim quotes.
“Id never speak 1 bad work abt AFC, here there’s once more prove that so many people put in newspaper wtv they want and its not professional.
“I want Arsenal to be succesfull as much as every single fan. Thats not why i left, it was never in my mind. AFC made me who i am today.
“And nobody will ever change that. I never gave any interview away since my press conference at my presentation and there i just said…
“…The truth and what came out of my heart. Great words abt this great football club cause that just what they deserve: succes and trophies.
“People can h8 me 4 leaving or remember that i gave my all for the club. But me talking 1 bad word or saying smthng against AFC will not seen.”