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Cesc: I almost rejected Arsenal for Barcelona stay

Cesc Fabregas admits he almost turned down Arsenal because he believed his Barcelona youth team was far better.

The super Spaniard told the Daily Mail: "At Barca we played Arsenal a few months before in a youth tournament and we beat them 5-1. I scored two goals and I was like, 'I don't want to go because we are better'.

"But then they made me the proposal and I saw that Arsenal was a great club. I came here to see the training ground and to talk to Mr Wenger. Imagine, you are playing under 16s at Barcelona and then you are talking to a person like Arsene Wenger who is so important in this world of football.

"It impressed me a lot. I had something in my mind saying, 'Go on, you have to sign because everything is going to be fine'."

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