The midfielder told the Sunday Mirror: "I want to stay here for many years yet."

Cesc revealed a heart-to-heart with manager Arsene Wenger convinced him to turn down Real.

"We had a chat and for me it was important to know whether the boss was going to be here or not," said Fabregas. "I don't know if I would feel the same if he wasn't at the club.

"My first option was always to stay at Arsenal. I don't want to move. But if the boss was not here, I would have had to think."

And Real? "For everybody it is a dream to play for one of the big clubs in Spain when you are Spanish. I have always been independent in my thinking. I came here at 16, I have loved it here and now I want to stay here."