Cesc Fabregas says he would like to make an emotional return to Arsenal one day – as a player.
The 24-year-old midfielder left under a cloud last summer to sign for childhood club Barcelona and says he would be happy to retire at the Nou Camp.
But if he were to leave again, he said it would be back to the Emirates.
“Apart from Arsenal and Barcelona, I don’t see myself playing anywhere else,” he told Sky Sports News. “I will definitely be going back (to Arsenal) whenever I have time to watch games and to see the guys, and you never know in the future, why not?
“I hope I will stay here for a very long time, and maybe even retire him, but why not? In life, you can never say never, and if there is one place to go back to, it is Arsenal for sure.”
Fabregas admitted he had lost his motivation in the final season at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal struggled and he believed his captaincy was failing to inspire his team-mates.
“It looked like there was no real passion in the team to play,” he said. “I’ve always tried my best to make the team go forward and I could see nothing I was saying was really working.
“I was going into training not feeling the same motivation as when I was 16 years old, and I felt a little bit stuck. I think everyone in life has a time when they need to start again.”
But even so, Fabregas admitted it was a huge wrench to leave Arsenal.
“It was very hard, the hardest decision I have ever made, even if it was my dream to play for Barcelona,” he said. “I’m not embarrassed to say the day I left all I could say (to Arsene Wenger) was thank you very much. I couldn’t talk more. I’m not embarrassed to say I nearly cried. It was very emotional.”
Very nice, Cesc! Please come back to Arsenal :D