Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has admitted he wanted to join the Stamford Bridge side.
Fabregas left London to secure a dream return to his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011, but was allowed to leave the Nou Camp after just three years this summer.
And Fabregas also responded to the criticism of his Chelsea move by saying he had to do what was best for him.
As quoted on the Metro website, he said: “I wanted to keep playing football, enjoying myself and my career and I felt that joining Chelsea was the best option for me. There would have been a reaction wherever I had gone.
”‘If I had moved to Manchester United they would say.
“He’s gone to a club that have been our big rivals for such a long time.” If it had been Manchester City they would have complained, too.
“Any team I would have gone to, apart from Arsenal, it would have been bad to them.”