Barcelona defender Dani Alves has quashed rumours he will leave the Nou Camp this summer, suggesting why teammate Cesc Fabregas is equally unlikely to head for the exit door.
It’s been a frustrating season for the former Gunner under Tata Martino, which has created speculation of a possible return to Arsenal as well as the outside chance of a move to Manchester United this summer.
However, Alves has made some strong comments which show why Fabregas is unlikely to walk away from the Spanish giants.
“It’s very hard to get the chance to play for Barcelona - People shouldn’t think that a Xavi or an Iniesta is going to appear every day; they’re unique, and however good the others are, they’re never going to get to where they are. Xavi and Iniesta began to be great players when they were 25 or 26,” he’s quoted by AS.
Fabregas fought very hard to get his Barcelona return and is still widely considered by many in Spain as Xavi’s natural replacement in midfield.
He’s never said that he’s keen to leave Barcelona and that same fight he showed to return to Barca is one of the main reasons that he’ll fight to have a chance to replace Xavi in midfield.
The effort that Alves mentions is something which won’t pass Fabregas up lightly. As appealing as going back to Arsenal would be, he’s out a lot of effort into currently representing the Catalan club.
Xavi’s consistency is what makes him a Barcelona legend but as Alves points out, he’s likely to get more and more chances with Xavi unlikely to play such a high ratio of games in a short space of time next season and beyond.
Xavi is now 34-years-old while Fabregas is right at the very peak of his career at 27-years-old.
He has the best years of his midfield career to come and Barcelona’s new manager next season, likely to be Luis Enrique, could decide to use Fabregas in Xavi’s position.
One of the main reasons Fabregas has struggled this season is because he’s been used in so many different roles; to the left of a midfield diamond, to the right and in the false number nine position.
Rather than walk away, he could be about to be given the chance he’s been yearning for since he returned to the club.