‘Enquiries made for Fabregas' but 'he wants to stay' at home

According to reports there have been 'enquiries' made to Barcelona regarding the potential availability of Cesc Fabregas. No mention of whether Arsenal or Manchester United have been responsible have officially been admitted.

However, whilst reports suggest that Barcelona have indeed listened to enquiries, the player himself claims these stories are fabrications.

"It's fascinating how some people can invent these things, I've never opened my mouth about this," he told Onda Cero.

"I’m very happy, it's taken a lot to get where I am and I don't plan on throwing that away for anything.”

The former Arsenal captain has been linked in recent weeks with a return to England - numerous reports have suggested the 26-year-old midfielder could rejoin Arsenal or potentially join David Moyes' squad at Manchester United.

However, Fabregas has insisted his preference is to remain in Catalonia and continue playing his football with his boyhood club at the Camp Nou where he returned in 2011 from Arsenal where he had spent 8 years under Arsene Wenger.

The Spaniard has struggled to cement his status as a first team starter in the last two seasons - his preferred position with Gunners was as an attacking midfield playmaker, the nucleus of Wenger's team but this position is occupied by the likes of his elder compatriots Xavi and Andres Iniesta for both club and country.

Manchester United are understood to be preparing an offer for Fabregas who could be the ideal replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.

Fabregas' highly-rated young teammate Thiago Alcantara is also a possible target for Moyes as he looks to bring his own ideas to those left imprinted on the club by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fabregas insists that he will stay at the Camp Nou unless, of course, Barcelona decide he is in fact for sale.

"The public is boss," he added.

"If they whistle, I'll have to put up with it. I was the first to know that Barca would be the most important challenge of my life. I just want to play. Barcelona is my home, I've always dreamed of triumphing here.”

Having made it their mission to bring him back to Catalonia only two years ago, it's hard to imagine the Catalans would want to let him go. Whilst they were disappointed and frankly embarrassed by their 7-0 deftest to eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the still took the domestic honours with a La Liga title triumph.

A player of Fabregas' obvious talent is not going to be offloaded as easily as even the most established news sources would have you believe - whilst United may be prepared to 'move heaven and earth' to sign him, that is of no real consequence to Barcelona or Cesc Fabregas if they mutually agree he is going to stay.

Whilst Barcelona 'moved heaven and earth' to lure him from Arsenal, even Arsenal fans would likely agree that is because the player wanted, if possible, to return home and it seems as though that is where he wishes to remain.

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