Following Barcelona's latest bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas after years of publicly stating their interest and two rejected offers last summer, the player has announced that he has changed his mind and doesn't really want a move to the European champions after all.
Despite making it clear in recent seasons that he considered a return to his hometown club his dream move, Fabregas declared his surprising change of heart during a news conference at Arsenal's training complex.
"I just discovered this great tapas place in London," said the 24-year-old World Cup winner. "And, yeah, I've had better back home, but how can I leave now? This place is a find."
This development will come as a shock to the Spanish giants, who were prepared to offer as much as £35 million for the midfielder.
"I recently realized that whenever I'm in London I wish I was home and whenever I'm home I wish I was in London," Fabregas continued. "You know that saying 'the grass is always greener...'? I think I might have that. At least, that's what WebMD says."
When asked if he thought he would change his mind again, Fabregas shrugged. "Once the transfer window closes, maybe. But right now I'm totally over Barcelona. I mean, it must get boring winning all those trophies. Right?"
- Cesc Fabregas