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Fabregas meets British and Spanish prime ministers

posted 25 Jul 2011, 10:05 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 10:08 ]
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas meets the British and Spanish prime ministers at a Downing Street charity event.

LONDON, UK (JULY 25, 2011) (UK POOL -   Arsenal captain and Spain international Cesc Fabregas met British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Spanish counterpart, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, in London on Monday (July 25).

Fabregas, who is an ambassador for the charity Street League, which helps young jobless people turn their lives around, took a group of the charity's students to a ceremony at Cameron's official residence in Downing Street where they were joined by the two prime ministers.

Speaking about the charity, the 24-year-old midfielder said that he enjoyed watching the boys play football, a sport which can change people's lives for the better.

"Well, when they told me about it you know I first, I thought it was a great idea and I couldn't wait to go and watch them play and I really enjoyed it, I met some of the boys and you know they were so nice and they were saying 'thank you' and I said, 'no, thank you for letting me enjoy and let me see how you are improving', said Fabregas.

"I say all the time you know football changes life and if you take it seriously and you are disciplined it's your future and it changed mine and it can change anyone else," he added.

The first Street League international will be held at Wembley on August 10, with England meeting Holland.

Barca are in talks with Arsenal to buy Fabregas, who has been a long-term target for the Spanish and European champions.

Fabregas came through Barcelona's youth academy at the same time as World Player of the Year Lionel Messi before joining Arsenal in 2003 at the age of 16.

He discussed his situation with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger when he returned for pre-season training this month. Fabregas did not join his team mates on a tour of Asia because he was injured and did not travel with the English Premier League side on their training tour of Germany.

Wenger is trying to convince Fabregas there would be no greater achievement for him than to lead Arsenal to success and that it is not the right time for him to leave England.

Arsenal start their Premier League campaign away at Newcastle United on August 13 and the transfer window deadline is on August 31.