Cesc Fabregas has revealed he rejected the chance to join Real Madrid few times while at Arsenal, Concise News understands.
Fabregas moved to Arsenal’s academy in 2003 at the age of 16 and made his first-team debut for the club later that year.
The Spanish midfielder went on to appear in more than 300 games for the Gunners and helped the club win the FA Cup.
But he left Arsenal in 2011 to join Barcelona after he rejected a number of opportunities to seal a deal with Real Madrid.
Speaking on how Real called him to play for them, Fabregas told AS: “They [Real Madrid] called me more than once or twice.
“The first time I was very young. I was 18 and they offered me a big salary, but I felt like I belonged at Arsenal.
“Wenger had bet the farm on me. I couldn’t leave. In any case, I’ll always be grateful to Madrid for the way they treated me.
“When I was 23 I had a serious calf injury and they sent me a really nice message.
“I’m grateful for their interest in me but I always dreamed of playing for Barcelona and if I felt that way it was for a reason. It all worked out pretty well for me.”