Cesc Fabregas took a €1 million per year pay cut to join Barcelona from Arsenal, citing his financial loss as a bullet he was happy to accept to facilitate his “affair of the heart.”
But let’s not cry for Cesc. After all, he still pockets €250 000 per week from Barcelona, who have the highest wage bill of any football team in history.
And so it’s a little rich from Cesc to question Real Madrid’s apparent willingness to lavish €100 million on Tottenham Hotspur star, Gareth Bale.
“For me, spending €100 million on Gareth Bale is crazy. I don’t know how any club could spend that amount of money in these [economic] circumstances,” multi-millionaire bench jockey Fabregas told AS.
It is another thing completely if Fabregas simply thinks that Bale is not worth all the hype as a footballer.
And in that regard, it seems the ex-Arsenal skipper is not exactly sold on his former North London rival, who could become his rival again in Spain.
Fabregas admits that Bale is a top quality player, but does not know if the Welshman’s skills will translate into the Spanish top flight.
“He is a great player with all the right attributes, but we will have to see if Madrid sign him and if he can perform there,” doubting Cesc said.
Meanwhile, Fabregas has reiterated that there is no truth in the rumours he could quit Barca for Manchester United.
“People talk a lot, but the truth is that no one has spoken with me,” he said.
“I want to triumph in Barcelona. That club is my home and I always dreamed of playing there, so I will try and succeed there as long as I can.”
And on the headline generating arrival of Neymar at Barca, which is set to increase competition for game time and could stoke ego-driven melodrama at the Camp Nou, Fabregas added: “Neymar will need time to adapt because he is coming from a completely different type of football.
“We need to help him settle in and grow so that he can give us great nights.
“The egos are very controlled in our team. [Lionel] Messi has won the Ballon d’Or four times and is probably the best player of all time - but when you see him every morning, he doesn’t seem like it.”