Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had earlier claimed that Cesc Fabregas did not want to join Arsenal this summer.
The Portuguese stated that after speaking to him for 20 minutes, the Spain international was convinced that moving to Stamford Bridge was his best option.
‘Arsenal had an option to interfere, but I think he was not open to that’, The Metro quotes him as saying. ‘I think he was very, very much in our direction, so it was an easy job for me.’
In a letter on Barcelona’s official website following his departure from Camp Nou, Fabregas himself stated that Arsenal did not exercise their buy-back option.
It is clear that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger did not want to re-sign the 27-year-old midfielder, who left the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2011 to return to his former club Barca.
The Frenchman has now given his side of the story, hinting that perhaps Mourinho is not being entirely truthful.
‘I think people came out and said he wanted to go to Chelsea’, he told reporters. ‘I don’t know who tells the truth here or not. He landed where he wanted to go’.