Cesc Fabregas: Former Arsenal captain says he will 'always be a Gunner' but is fully committed to Chelsea

Spaniard made the £30 move this summer

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Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he "will always feel like a Gunner" but says that he is fully committed to Chelsea.

Fabregas moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona for £30m during the summer, and has excelled during his time at Chelsea so far, making four assists in three Premier League matches.

Arsenal had a clause to buy back their former captain, but turned down the option before Chelsea pounced. Fabregas said that he had thought about leaving Barcelona towards the end of last season, and he wanted to return to London.

"I spoke with my agent and told him to find me a team," the midfielder told El Pais. "Chelsea's offer arrived and for me it was about returning to London, the place where I did best. There was no better exit. I spoke with Mourinho and he told me things that I needed to hear, I felt valued, felt that I was going to be part of something important.

"[If you'd told me five years ago that I would play for Chelsea and Mourinho] I would not have believed you, but life changes.

"I started to think about [leaving Barca] after the Copa del Rey final. It was when I started to think that it had finished, that there was a change or that I didn’t want to continue.

The 27-year-old says that while Arsenal, who played for between 2003 and 2011, will always be in his heart, he has no problems playing against them.

 "Don’t think that I didn’t think things through [about his Arsenal link before the move to their rivals]," he insisted. "I will always feel a Gunner and I know that I am going to return to [the Emirates Stadium] and I feel that it will be a special moment but I am committed.

"Remember that I played a Champions League final against Barcelona! I swear to you that I would have done anything to win that game [even though] I’d been Barcelona since I was a kid!

"So you know that when I play against Arsenal I will know who I am playing with, who my team-mates are and who I will defend and I know that the Arsenal fans will understand; I have no doubt."