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HOME SWEET HOME! Barca's new boy Cesc Fabregas waves to his supporters during his presentation. — PHOTO: REUTERS
HOME SWEET HOME! Barca's new boy Cesc Fabregas waves to his supporters during his presentation. — PHOTO: REUTERS

: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to Barcelona by signing a five-year contract with his boyhood club, the Spanish giant confirmed on Monday.

“Cesc has finally joined FC Barcelona after signing a contract for the next five seasons. His buyout clause will be 200 million euros,” the club said in a statement on its website.

“I am coming back home after eight years away,” Fabregas, wearing the number 4 shirt, told thousands of fans at the Camp Nou Stadium after passing a medical and signing the deal.

Arsenal announced on Sunday that it had finally agreed a deal with Barcelona for the transfer of Fabregas to the Spanish and European champion, where he will link up with the likes of Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Spain's World Cup star Xavi Hernandez.

Barcelona confirmed the deal, news of which was released at half-time in its Spanish Super Cup clash against Real Madrid.

The deal, which brings to an end a transfer saga which began last year, takes Fabregas back to the club which he left as a 16-year-old in 2003.

Barcelona defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique had already anticipated the move on Friday when they sent messages on their Twitter accounts welcoming the player before any official announcement.

“Welcome home, happy to have you here @cesc4official,” Puyol tweeted, addressing his message to Cesc's Twitter account.

“@cesc4official, we have got him,” tweeted Pique. — AFP

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