Cesc Fabregas has signed a five year deal with Chelsea for a sum of £30 million. Upon signing the deal he had this to say: "'Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team."
"I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for me to return. Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn't meant to be. I wish them well in the future."
"I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice."
"They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing."
"It was extremely important to me that this transfer was completed before the World Cup so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy."
Petr Cech also had this to say: "Well if it's confirmed obviously he's a great player, with a lot of experience of playing in England and the Premier League so it's a great addition to the team."
The playmaker became an unwanted player at Barcelona after his three years at the club coincided with year upon year of decline. With a deal for Sevilla playmaker Ivan Rakitic mooted to be close to completion, Fabregas' place in the Barcelona starting line-up suddenly became untenable.
Nonetheless, with 42 goals and 48 assists in 151 games, Fabregas remains a world class player and there is a large feeling his departure is fuelled by political motives.
Gerard Pique told reporters: "I really like Cesc and I know he is going through a tough time because the club don't appreciate him as much as they should."
"He is one of those players who would be first-choice at any other club in the world, the star of the team."
"Despite that, he is finding it harder at Barca. I don't know what he is going to do; we haven't spoken about that."
"I hope he stays because if you look at his stats this season, he is our highest-scoring midfielder and the one with the most assists. Of course I want him to stay with us."