Chelsea midfieder Cesc Fabregas has admitted to holding discussions with Real Madrid at several times during his time at Arsenal.
The former Arsenal man was in demand during his eight-year spell with the Gunners and the Bernabeu was one of his possible destinations before the 28-year-old joined Barcelona in 2011.
The Spain midfielder, who has been out of form for his club, but whom starred in Friday’s 2-0 win over England in Alicante says he had discussions with Real on several occasions but claimed “it lacked the final step forward”.
When asked if he was ever close to becoming a Real Madrid player, Fabregas told Marca: “Well, there were contacts over several years and with different presidents. An agreement was never concluded. There were things, but there was no final agreement. It lacked the step forward.”
Fabregas was back to his best on Friday providing an assist for Mario Gaspar’s brilliant volley against England and he has admitted to feeling the strain at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s tough. Last season was excellent, despite the pain of the Champions League. We won the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup, that I had never won before. It was a spectacular year.
“This season is a pain. Things are not going for us and the results don’t do justice to how we are playing. We are doing things better, but there’s no luck. We have to start winning now.
“With Mourinho (it’s) fine, fine. Obviously when you don’t win people say things, and when you win, everything is phenomenal. When you don’t win, everything is tougher, but we have to be united and strong with the fans and the boss.
“That’s the only thing that can take us forward. Nobody is going to help us. In the Champions League we can hurt the big teams, but in the Premier League we have to wake up now. Right now.”