Cesc Fabregas has no intention of returning to Arsenal

Quizzed about his future in Spain, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas says he wants to retire at Barcelona.

Been there, done that - Is the message from Cesc Fabregas when asked if he would like to play abroad again, scotching rumours which started up earlier in the season he could even move on from the Nou Camp.

He told El Mundo Deportivo: "I went back to Barcelona to stay forever, if possible. I fight with all my might  to stay here as long as possible. Valdes wants to leave for new experiences? I've already lived experiences abroad and I have done well."

His words are a rebuttal to manager Arsene Wenger, who had said last month he believed the Spaniard would return.

Wenger said in January: "I'm not convinced Fabregas won't come back here one day,' Wenger said on the eve of Arsenal's big Barclays Premier League clash at home to champions Manchester City, who could field former Gunner Gael Clichy.

"He's an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal. He watches every Arsenal game. Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept this, especially as Barcelona are the best team in the world.

"He won't return in the next two or three years but, after that, maybe."

Earlier this season Fabregas said he was frustrated at sitting on the bench under Tito Vilanova, but went onto establish himself as a regular at the club he left as a youngster for Arsenal.

He has made 34 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season, scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists.

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