After a three year stint playing in La Liga with Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas is returning to the Barclay’s Premier League. With rumors swirling following the departure of Frank Lampard, Chelsea have swooped in and signed Fabregas to a five year contract.

“I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League,” he said, “and now is the right time to return.” While it’s a bit of a surprise to see Fabregas join another London club (he spent eight years from 2003 to 2011 with Arsenal), he fills a much-needed position with Chelsea and will immediately step into a key attacking role in the first XI.

Chelsea finished third in the Premier League this past season and lost in the Semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, and they are hoping that adding a player of Fabregas’ caliber (along with the rumored signing of fellow Spaniard Diego Costa) will push them over the top next year.

“[Chelsea] match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies,” said Fabregas, “they have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager.”

Chelsea fans looking to get an early look at their new acquisition can see him plying his trade for Spain at the World Cup, where the defending champions have been drawn into a tough group with Chile, the Netherlands, and Australia.

[via ChelseaFC.com]