Cesc Fabregas reveals Xabi Alonso was ‘begging’ to join Arsenal but club messed up ‘easy deal’

October 18, 2020 by admin

first_imgAlonso would go on to win the Champions League with Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)‘I remember the whole holiday I was talking to him, he was texting me: “What’s happening?” And it was a shame, because I think he would have been a great, great, great addition to that team. He was made for Arsenal, I think.’Alonso previously revealed that Juventus and Arsenal both approached him in the summer of 2009 but were only prepared to offer £15million – just £3m less than Liverpool’s asking price of £18m.MORE: Cesc Fabregas responds to Arsenal fan calling him a snake over Chelsea badge patMORE: Former Arsenal and Chelsea hero Cesc Fabregas slams Boris Johnson’s lockdown planFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked about players that Arsenal missed out on during an interview on the Arsecast podcast, Fabregas said of Alonso: ‘He’s one. I was with Xabi on the phone the whole summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘He was dying to come. He was literally begging everyone to go to Arsenal, he really wanted to come.‘And to be honest, I did my best. I spoke to who I had to speak to. I gave my opinion, I thought that he was a fantastic addition for us at that time.‘And yeah I have to say that a couple of times like that I was frustrated by the lack of push, the final push – you know what I mean? That it’s so close, the player is dying to come, it’s so easy to make this deal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I am not a director, I see it from a player’s point of view. If it was me, if I wanted to go somewhere like I went to Arsenal, I do my everything to go to Arsenal.‘And I see that when a player wants to go somewhere, it’s easy. Forget contracts. Okay, sometimes it’s more difficult, if you have a long contract or something, but normally it should happen.‘And yeah, Xabi Alonso was one of them. I mean I was living it day-to-day because he was texting me all the time. Cesc Fabregas reveals Xabi Alonso was ‘begging’ to join Arsenal but club messed up ‘easy deal’ The former Liverpool star was allowed to leave Anfield and wanted to join the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Xabi Alonso was ‘begging’ to join the club back in 2009 but, despite his own best efforts, the Gunners’ hierarchy did not complete the deal.Alonso had been told by then Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez that he would be allowed to leave Anfield – with the Reds boss eager to replace him with Gareth Barry – and the Spaniard’s preference was to join Arsenal.Just a year earlier he had won the World Cup alongside Fabregas with Spain and was keen to be reunited with his countryman at Arsenal, but the club fluffed the ‘easy’ deal and, later that summer, Alonso joined Real Madrid instead.center_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Mar 2020 11:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link359Shares Advertisementlast_img

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