Before the World Cup he asked the two clubs to settle where he would end up before the tournament started so that the pressure would not be weighing on him while he was playing for Spain. That did not happen, but he still was able to help Spain win lift its first Jules Rimmet trophy providing the game-winning assist to Iniesta in extra time of the final.
Fabregas statement today was very classy admitting he essentially asked to go back home to Barca, his hometown and most likely the greatest team in the world. However, he also stated that he owes plenty to Arsenal and especially Arsene Wenger, who helped him reach the levels that he has gotten to now as the 23-year-old superstar captain of the North London team.
Fabregas has five years left on his current contract and Barcelona only ponied up somewhere in the region of £30 million, and offer Wenger was unwilling to accept. Surely Fabregas was worth far more than that with David Villa (6 years older) collecting a fee of somewhere near 42 mill Euros, a year before Ibrahimovic being worth Samuel Eto'o and another cool 40 mill Euros. Fabregas is entering the prime of his career.
I will not be surprised to see him go next summer, but Barcelona will have to be willing to probably come up with a fee closer to £50 mill.