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The midfielder's Spain team-mate feels that the transfer represents "a very big loss" for Barcelona but is glad to see his friend put worries about his future to bed

Barcelona star Xavi says that Cesc Fabregas's move to Chelsea is "great news" for the midfielder.

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Three years after leaving Arsenal to return to his boyhood club, the Spain international secured a transfer to Jose Mourinho's side on Thursday.

Fabregas never quite nailed down a key role in the Barca team but Xavi feels that it is "a very big loss" for the Catalan giants despite being a welcome opportunity for his friend.

"It's great news for Cesc," he told reporters. "I think he's very happy. I see him looking happy.

"It's a great opportunity for him to be signed by a good team. I think he was hoping that would happen. He's happy as he knows his future now for the next few years.

"It's a very big loss for Barcelona, that's clear, but he looks happy. I'm a very good friend of his so I would like to wish him all the very best."

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