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Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona last summer — having previously spent eight years with Arsenal, making more than 300 appearances — and has played a key role in the Blues’ first title in five years. By Andrew McDermott.

Cesc Fabregas has justified his return to English football by winning the Premier League with Chelsea and now wants to target continental supremacy next season.

The former Arsenal captain turned 28 on May 4, soon after Chelsea had secured the English crown.

Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona last summer — having previously spent eight years with Arsenal, making more than 300 appearances — and has played a key role in the Blues’ first title in five years.

“I hope the future holds many trophies, many Premier Leagues, Champions Leagues and hopefully we can start building a fantastic team that next year can fight for the Premier League and Champions League,” he said. “It feels great. It’s the feeling that I really wanted to get. It’s a special moment, a special trophy. The most difficult league in the world, so very proud.”

Chelsea’s domestic duty was aided by their last-16 Champions League elimination to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blues, who won the Capital One Cup in March, led from the opening round of fixtures and Fabregas insisted that consistency set them apart from their title rivals.

The Spain playmaker added: “The consistency has been key. We didn’t allow other teams to get on top of us and to make us doubt ourselves. We never gave them any chance, really. It’s been probably one of the best Premier Leagues that a team can have.”

Fabregas has been instrumental in helping Chelsea win the league. He may have found the more physical contests challenging, but his artistry is wonderful and he has 17 assists.

Fabregas paid tribute to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who persuaded him to move to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona, promising silverware.

The 2010 World Cup winner said: “I can understand the pressure he’s under. He’s the best manager and he has to get results and he always manages to do that.

“With any squad he’s been with he’s always managed to get results, to get his team to be champion and that’s the sign of a real winner, a real professional.”

And for the first time in England, Fabregas can now class himself as a real winner. His quality was never in doubt at Arsenal but at Chelsea, he is now winning the trophies to go with his talent.

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