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I'm Not Leaving Barca - Fabregas

posted 8 Aug 2013, 09:06 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 8 Aug 2013, 09:07 ]

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas says he has no intentions of leaving the Spanish champions, despite transfer overtures from Manchester United.

PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR STATE, MALAYSIA (AUGUST 8, 2013) (REUTERS) - Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said his only wish is to succeed with the Spanish champions and has dismissed the idea that he could be lured away to another club.

Manchester United boss David Moyes is trying to bring the 26-year-old Spaininternational back to the Premier League, which he left when he returned to his boyhood club from Arsenal in 2011.

"On every occasion I have felt valued, I have a message from the president, from (vice-president Josep Maria) Bartomeu, from Tito when he had his news conference and Tata has also mentioned this a couple of times saying I will continue. And we have spoken face to face. Never have I felt there is a problem," Fabregas told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, where Barca are to play a pre-season friendly against a Malaysia XI on Saturday.

"In my mind I only think of continuing with Barcelona, it's a club that has given me a lot since I was a child. I appreciate where I am now, for two years. My opinion has not changed. Since I was a child my dream has been to triumph with Barcelona and nobody is going to change this. I have never had a doubt," he added.

Fabregas has struggled to find a regular place in the starting XI at the Nou Campdue to the quality of the competition around him, and speculation had arisen that his frustration may lead him to seek a move.

A degree of uncertainty has surrounded Barca in the close season with coach Tito Vilanova stepping down due to illness and being replaced by Gerardo "Tata" Martino, but the new boss made clear in his first news conference he wanted Fabregas in his plans.

The arrival of 57 million euro ($75.92 million) new recruit Neymar will not have made life any easier for Fabregas as he seeks a greater role at Barca next season.

Despite beating bitter rivals Real Madrid to last season's Spanish league title, star striker Lionel Messi believes the Catalans lost some of their lustre last season, which saw Bayern Munich win the Champions league in an all-German final.

"We are trying to recover what we used to do, what we lost at times last year, that thing that characterizes our style, of putting pressure on the ball and recovering it quickly. In this short time Tata has been with us this is what he mostly inisists on, to rediscover that and that's what we want to do," the Argentinian told the news conference.