Cesc Fabregas has agreed a record £20million, eight-year contract to stay with Arsenal.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Fabregas: Food fighter signs on for eight years.
The Spanish teenager will sign the longest deal in English football next week.
Fabregas has pledged his future to the Gunners despite interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Longest in history? Not sure, but in the post-Bosman ruling era of free player movement and longer contracts, none others this lengthy pop to mind and a little web-searching this morning was no help. Kids, go to it.
Fifteen years for soon-to-be-25-year-old Rick DiPietro vs. eight years for Fabregas, 19. It's kind of like comparing apples to pomegranates, but that Islanders deal looks worse and worse on this scale, doesn't it?
Meantime, former Gunner Ashley Cole, having whined his way out of north London, is delivering the coup de grace in excerpts from his new book in the Times Online, in which he lowers the boom on Fabregas, among others:
Cole also condemns Francesc Fàbregas as an “unproven featherweight” compared with the “heavyweight champion” that is Patrick Vieira, criticism unfortunately timed given that Fàbregas is on the brink of signing a new eight-year contract.
In the most detailed account of the infamous Battle of the Buffet at Old Trafford two years ago, Cole hints that it was the Spanish midfield player who threw the pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson. Cole confirms that the culprit was not English or French and is believed to be referring to Fàbregas.
“This slice of pizza came flying over my head and hit Fergie straight in the mush,” Cole says. “All I’ll say is that the culprit wasn’t English or French, so that should narrow it down.”
An unproven featherweight AND a food fighter! Perhaps the Islanders don't come off so bad after all.