& # 39; After I left the room with Mourinho I said that's it, I'm going to Chelsea & # 39 ;: Cesc Fabregas reveals why he chose the Blues over Man United and City after & # 39; first option & # 39; 39; Arsenal turned down the opportunity to redraw in 2014
- Cesc Fabregas signed for Chelsea in 2014 after meeting Jose Mourinho
- Arsenal decided not to re-sign him after a week to make a deal
- The Gunners was the Spaniards' first choice, but had to assess his other options
- He rejected Man United and Man City for a move to Stamford Bridge
Fabregas was waiting for a response from the Gunners, but after making no contact, he assessed the other options on the table.
Manchester City and Manchester United both expressed interest, but the midfielder chose London rivals Chelsea after speaking to Mourinho.
& # 39; As soon as I decide to leave (Barcelona), Arsenal has the first option from another club and I can't talk to another club for a week to see if Arsenal wants me or not & Fabregas told the Arsecast podcast.
& # 39; Arsene didn't answer, we just had to wait a full week to see if they responded. This was definitely my first option, in my mind I am telling everyone I am going to Arsenal – this is what I want.
& # 39; Arsene can see this. I didn't want to be a beggar, they know the situation, in a week they didn't say anything, I immediately knew they probably wouldn't want me back. They waited all week without answering.
& # 39; After the week I had to take my chance, I had Manchester City, United and then spoke to Mourinho – that I never thought would ever happen.
& # 39; To be honest, after I left the room with Mourinho, I said "That's it, I don't need to talk to anyone else, I'm going to Chelsea." What he told me, the team he wanted to make, what he thought of me, how he wanted me to play, this is what I wanted.
& # 39; Besides, it is London, not Manchester, London was my home. & # 39;
His decision to sign for the blue half of London did not go well with Arsenal supporters, which Fabregas admitted to
& # 39; I knew this would have implications for Arsenal, it would have been the same for City of United, but I wanted to go back to the Premier League.
& # 39; Thank goodness I made that decision because I was very happy there for those five years, we won everything in England, the most winning team in English football when I was there. The fans had an impeccable connection. & # 39;
Fabregas won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup trophy during his five-year stint at Stamford Bridge before coming to Monaco in January 2019.
Bayern Munich & # 39; Intensify Calls & # 39; to re-sign Toni Kroos of Real Madrid with 30-year open for summer movement
The German club wants to re-sign the 30-year-old midfielder and robs the possibility of doing this in the summer.
According to diariomadridista Bayern stepped up the pursuit of the World Cup winner.
Kroos joined Real from Bayern in 2014 and has enjoyed trophies at the Bernabeu for six years.
But he has been unhappy in recent weeks, especially after the defeat of the Champions League by Manchester City.
Zinedine Zidane dropped Kroos on the bench and failed to defeat him 2-1.
The German is said to be happy in the club but willing to judge his options in the summer.
Manchester United and PSG are reportedly also interested in his signature, but much will depend on how the rest of this season takes place.
Despite the denials that the club knew of a company hired to follow online news and posted negative stories on social media, President Josep Bartomeu is under pressure.
On the field they now follow Real Madrid after losing the Clasico. Sportsmail asks: are the Neymar stories just a patch over the wound of that painful defeat? Or should we prepare for season two of Operation Re-Sign Neymar ?
Does the Neymar board want to sign?
It is a win-win for Barcelona if they manage it. They probably persuade the player Lionel Messi to stay in the club. And they prevent Real Madrid from getting Kylian Mbappe because Paris Saint Germain cannot let both of their star players leave at the same time.
The current administration knows that and they also know that they will save themselves if they can make it happen.
Getting Neymar means making Messi happy, and that means Messi stays. An unfortunate Messi who refuses to commit his future to the club will almost certainly lead to elections and candidate for continuity Emili Rousaud will not win those elections.
Sports director Eric Abidal is said to be unemployed. So it is no wonder that, more than anyone else, he is determined to succeed where the club failed so publicly last summer.
Why did it fail last summer?
Because the MPTs were half-hearted and because PSG had no interest in selling.
Those very public flights to Paris were good for the gallery, but returning empty-handed would always be the outcome.
PSG did not have to sell Neymar and although his tantrums made the life of coach Thomas Tuchel uncomfortable, the owners never bothered. They had decided that he was staying.
So something has changed ?
Both Neymar and Mbappe have contracts until 2022, so they can both be closer to the free walk.
Neither is planning to sign a new deal. If they gave in to one of their restless prizes, then it is probably Neymar whose departure seems less like a defeat. But they would still want to reward.
Neymar's contract was mentioned last summer, including a clause allowing him to leave in 2020 if the compensation paid for him was matched in 2017.
That still leaves him beyond the reach of Barcelona. They should still take players into account.
But player exchanges never worked last summer …
Partly because PSG was not interested. But there was also a failure to convince players to leave and become makeweights in the deal.
This year there may be a new name in the game.
And that would be …
Spanish television Cuatro speculated this week that Barcelona believes Antoine Griezmann could unlock the door for Barcelona.
There is no doubt that PSG likes to bring "El Principito" to Paris. What would be harder to do is persuade Griezmann to move to France, just a year after signing for Barcelona.
He is happy in Catalonia and in what appears to be a difficult year for the team, he has scored 12 goals and eight of them were the goal that the Barcelona account opened in the game.
PSG giving him the chance to play alongside Mbappe in France – as long as Mbappe remains – can change his mind, but there are no guarantees.
Barcelona would also let Dembele go, but it is Griezmann who rather softened PSG & # 39; s decision to keep Neymar at all costs.
What else can Barcelona do?
No matter what happens, they have to shorten the team this summer. Dembele remains someone they would discharge if a club came anywhere near to give them back the money they had spent on him when they signed him from Dortmund.
Bayern Munich did not exclude Philippe Coutinho's signing, but will not pay the non-mandatory purchase option of € 120 million (£ 104 million) agreed in his loan agreement.
Ivan Rakitic will probably continue this summer. With another year left on his contract, he will not bring much money into transfer-free, but it would be an estimated € 8 million (£ 6.9 million) per wage bill season.
Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo are others who can go and 20-year-old Francisco Trincao signed in Braga in January for € 30 million (£ 25.9 million) can be borrowed to lubricate the wheels of other deals.
There is also the hope that PSG will show interest in the beautiful 20-year-old Ferran Torres of Valencia and that this in turn will also make losing Neymar more enjoyable. His buyout clause is € 100 million (£ 86 million), but his contract expires in 2021 and if Valencia does not seem to make the Champions League so likely, they have to sell.
El Mundo Deportivo spoke of Ferran as a Barca prospect on Thursday, but the idea that PSG will sign him and release Neymar is really attractive.
Barcelona stars & # 39; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique urges Josep Bartomeu to re-sign Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar & # 39;
Neymar remains connected with a return to the Nou Camp after his world. -record £ 198 million move in the summer of 2017 to the French giants PSG, where he has difficulty settling.
The Catalan newspapers report that the negotiations will be reopened before the summer, while Lionel Messi, Luiz Suarez and Gerard Pique are leading the pressure on Barcelona to re-sign the Brazilian.
More to follow …
Chelsea & # 39; Nathan Ake CAN re-sign this summer with a £ 40m redemption clause remains in force & # 39; after selling it to Bournemouth for £ 20m in 2017
The Holland international has impressed the Cherries this season and has been associated with a return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea has included the clause in the deal that Ake saw and move to the south coast for £ 20 million in the summer of 2017.
The fact that Bournemouth could reach the 24-year-old center half last month was vital.
Ake has been an important player for Eddie Howe in recent years and will be an important figure for the rest of the campaign.
Bournemouth is currently in a relegation battle because they are two points above the drop zone.
The Cherries suffered a 2-1 defeat in Sheffield United last Sunday and returned to action after the winter break of the Premier League.
Former Barcelona vice-president supports club to re-sign Neymar & # 39; for sporting reasons & # 39; … but says that the Brazilian star & # 39; must apologize and lead a monastic life & # 39; slamming the exit for PSG in 2017
- ] Jordi Mestre, the former vice-president of Barcelona, wants club Neymar to sign again
- Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 in a £ 200 million deal
- Mestre believes that club should move for him, but Neymar needs a & # 39; monastic & # 39 ; living life
Mestre also insisted that the winger should apologize for his exit and a & # 39; monastic life & # 39; should lead if he returns to the Nou Camp.
Barcelona was near a reunification with Neymar last summer but could not complete a move for the 27-year-old
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ler he told Mundo Deportivo: & # 39; From the emotional point of view, the way he left is no. Sporty though. In my opinion it offers a bonus that very few players have, it is the one on one talent and has a lot of purpose.
& # 39; Something we need in many games where the opponent is locked up. Yes, sport would draw him if we could afford it of course. For a securities issue? If we want to fool ourselves, go ahead, in the end we are so used to winning titles that we talk about values, which is of course very good.
& # 39; But ultimately, what interests are the results? If we value all values, then we focus on rugby, which values are much higher than football. If we didn't win, we would sign Neymar and whoever was needed. & # 39;
Mestre, who between 2014 and July 2019 served as vice president before he disagreed with the board, also reiterated his belief that Neymar must repair many gates before a return is completed.
Mestre added: & I think it is an act of personal reflection of everyone according to his conscience. Everything is of course respectable.
& # 39; Now I also think that if Neymar had to return, he would have to do an act of repentance, withdraw the claim against the club, apologize, apologize, take his mistake and, of course, an almost monastic life. We have all had mistakes in our lives and we would not like to have had a second chance. I also think that is part of the values. & # 39;
Barcelona & # 39; failed to bid to re-sign club legend Andres Iniesta & # 39; last month after Vissel Kobe rejected a loan offer
Barcelona is allegedly failed with an ambitious loan offer for club legend Andres Iniesta last month.
The Nou Camp giants would have tried to sign the 35-year-old midfielder until the end of the campaign, but Vissel Kobe rejected the switch.
According to Sport Barcelona wanted to include Iniesta in an attempt to restore the club's long-established values to the current batch of players.
World Cup winner Iniesta spent 22 years with the current La Liga champions before he left for Japan in 2018 and helped the Catalan outfit get 35 trophies in that period.
But the veteran is about to start his third season with Vissel Kobe, and has already helped the club lift the Japanese Super Cup and the Emperor's Cup.
The current employers of Iniesta are said to have rejected the daring offer of Barcelona because the former Spanish international remains an integral part of the heir team.
The infamous La Masia youth product still has two years to go with Vissel Kobe and also the suppliers.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien even suggested that he would welcome Iniesta to his boys' club last month in an interview with Barca TV.
When asked which club legend he would like to re-sign, Setien said: & Iniesta, although he is not retired … maybe we can bring him back! & # 39;
Barcelona leads the race to re-sign Adama Traore for fear of rivals Real Madrid landing in Wolves form
- The Catalan giants consider a summer movement for Wolves & # 39; Adama Traore
- It is clear that there has been no formal approach to Wolves from Barcelona
- But the fine form of Traore persuaded Barcelona to to increase their interest
- The La Liga giants are supposed to be wary of losing him to rivals Real Madrid
It is clear that there is no formal approach to Wolves from Barcelona.
But the fine form of Traore has persuaded them to boost their interest, with the La Liga giants believed to be be wary of losing him to rivals Madrid.
Traore is under contract with Molineux until the summer of 2023 but he recently admitted: & # 39; If Real Madrid or Barca were to come calling, I would certainly think about it. & # 39;
Sportsmail was told that Barca had a buy-back option on Traore, who left Spain for Aston Villa for 2015, but that disappeared when he moved to Middlesbrough a year later
Since Traore joined Wolves for £ 18 million in 2018, Traore flourished under Nuno. He has five goals and 10 assistants to his name this season and is expected to work enormously with the Portuguese coach – who himself has attracted admirers throughout Europe for his work at Molineux.
However, with three years to run on the current Traore contract, Wolves are not under pressure to sell and would demand enormous compensation for the winger.
But Barcelona is likely to strengthen in the summer after injuries to attackers Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.
They could face an intense competition for Traore, praised by Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho for his screenings against their teams this season.
Although happy in Wolves, Traor, he was born in L & Hospitalet de Llobregat near Barcelona and said he would one day return to Spain.
He came through the La Masia Academy in Barcelona and made the first of four first-team appearances on 17
& # 39; Whether you like it or not, do it to punch Man United & # 39 ;: Jamie Carragher told Rafa Benitez to re-sign Michael Owen before striker joined rivals … but Liverpool instead signed David N & # 39; Gog
- Jamie Carragher revealed that he pushed Liverpool to re-sign Michael Owen
- Retired defender wanted Owen to join before he signed for Manchester United
- The club chose not to move for Owen, who scored 158 goals in his first spell
The youth product of the club was available after leaving Newcastle United in 2009, and Carragher felt the movement would take over the side of Alex Ferguson.
Yet Anfield manager Rafa Benitez Owen decided not to sign and instead to secure the signature of the young Frech assassin David N & Gog.
On the Greatest Game podcast Carragher said: "I get it. Someone told me I got wind of it and I called you right away , you went "Yes, I will sign in two days."
& # 39; I contacted Rafa, said: & # 39; draw for Man United in two days. Whether you like it or not, do it to punch Man United. "
& # 39; He is happy to sit on the couch and whatever. I think – you look at it now and I think we just signed David Ngog and they said, "No, we don't want to do it, let's go." & # 39;
Owen added: & # 39; I've always tried to come back. & # 39;
& # 39; If Plan A does not work, he can change the game & # 39 ;: Steve McManaman urges Liverpool to RE-SIGN winger Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona
- Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in Barcelona for a deal of £ 105m in January 2018
- He failed to reach the heights expected of him since he had left Premier League
- Steve McManaman believes Liverpool should consider re-signing the Brazilian star
- Former winger says Coutinho of game can change & # 39; if plan A does not work & # 39;
Coutinho has left an impact since leaving Anfield, and is currently on loan at Bayern Munich where he has so far scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. this season – but McManaman thinks they can still do it with a player from Coutinho's peers.
# They could choose to have a certain Philippe Coutinho ba bring ck to the club, & he told HorseRacing. just .
& # 39; I would not mind seeing Coutinho again. He is a brilliant player, but much of it is simply due to the economy. If they can bring Coutinho back for a reasonable fee and possibly sell a few players who don't play regularly, that might work.
& # 39; There are rumors that Xherdan Shaqiri is leaving at the end of the season, and Adam Lallana may want to play more often. If space is available, I would definitely want Coutinho back, as he was a great player for Liverpool. He is that type of player that when plan A does not work, he can change the game.
& # 39; He scored some incredible goals for Liverpool and although they have to win the fans after he asked to leave, I think most fans would recognize how good he was for Liverpool. & # 39;
Coutinho played 201 times for Liverpool, scored 54 goals at the time and created many more.
His performances since leaving northwest England have left much to be desired, but at 27 he has many years left at the highest level of the game.