Cesc: I couldn’t leave Arsenal in the lurch

Fabregas told The Sun: “I’m very grateful to Real and it is an honour that such a great club is interested in me. But after the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona I couldn’t leave Arsenal in the lurch.

“I spoke to Real’s president Ramon Calderon and sport director Pedrag Mijatovic and they are spectacular people.

“It was very satisfying to listen to them as Real Madrid is a great club but I have decided to stay at Arsenal.

“I had a long talk with Wenger. He is someone I can talk to about anything.

“I have total confidence in the boss that he will sign a new deal.

“Wenger believes in this team and has a lot of confidence in the squad.

“I am only 20 and all I have to do is enjoy my football and improve — and I want to do that with this team. I will try to win titles with Arsenal and give my all to Arsene Wenger.

“I will always be grateful to him for giving me my chance.”