Indeed, soccer is an increasingly global game, suggesting that the reluctance of English players to move abroad could be undermining the growth of the national game. "There are amazing players and amazing talent in England," Fabregas says. "If they had the chance to go to another country and they could do it; there would be more English players who are great." Fabregas certainly knows what he's talking about. Since moving to London at age 16, the Arsenal midfielder has emerged as one of the world's best players. He might not have had the same chance at Barcelona, his previous club, whose youth academy produces more talented players than it can support.
Fabregas adds that the language barrier and concerns about a different culture and a more expensive city didn't figure into his decision. In fact, he reveals that he didn't initially love London, but these were secondary considerations to the chance to prove himself at a top club.