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Fabregas rules out Barcelona return

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has ruled out a move back to Spain
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has ruled out a move back to Spain

LONDON, United Kingdom May 14- Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has closed the door on a potential return to Barcelona, insisting that chapter of his career is over.

The 29-year-old started his career in Barcelona’s famed youth academy and joined Arsenal at the age of 16, having failed to make a senior appearance for the Blaugrana.

He went on to make over 200 first-team appearances for the Gunners, before sealing a return to Barca in the summer of 2011 for fee thought to be worth up to £35 million.

His stay at the Nou Camp lasted for just three seasons, though, with the central midfielder picking up plenty of silverware with the Spanish giants.

He returned to London ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, joining Arsenal’s rivals, Chelsea, in a £30 million deal.

However, following what has been a bitterly disappointing campaign for the Blues, Fabregas has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp in recent times.

But the player insists such a move is not possible, telling Marca: “A return to Barcelona would no longer be possible, even if I wanted to.

“The Barcelona stage of my career is over, it is closed.”

Commenting on Chelsea’s failed title defence, he added: “It was a very irregular season in which we did not feel comfortable.

“However we improved and went 12 league games without losing and proved we were harder to beat. In any case, it has been a very disappointing season.

“Jose gave us a longer holiday because he knew that it would be very difficult to retain the title.

“We returned from pre-season in the United States two days before the Super Cup [Community Shield], the preparation was not ideal.

“We were not strong enough to follow the demands of the coach, who is a demanding person and someone who wants the best of his players. Maybe we failed to give it.”