Emirates manager tries to draw a line under constant speculation.
Arsene Wenger is expecting the transfer speculation surrounding Cesc Fabregas to stop after talking to the Arsenal captain.
Fabregas has previously suggested he would be keen to return to Camp Nou, but Arsenal have been steadfast in their refusal to countenance his exit.
New Barca president Sandro Rosell has now all-but conceded defeat in his bid to sign the Spain international this year and Wenger is hoping the rumours will grind to a halt.
“There was too much talk,” the Arsenal manager told Sky Sports News.
“I always said that we are really, really wanting him to stay as he is such an important player for us.
“He’s our captain, we want to keep him and that’s why we are not listening to any offers.
“It just was not a problem of money, just the desire to keep him at the club.
“It is stopped (the talk). We never wanted to start anyway.”
Wenger confirmed he had discussed the situation with the midfielder, but did not want to divulge the contents of the conversation.
He added: “I have spoken to him, of course, but I never come out publicly with what we talk about.
“There was a lot of unneeded talk that was not helpful for Arsenal Football Club and that’s why I don’t think we have to add anything to that.
“I know what is important for us. Arsenal Football Club is a massive club and what is important is that everybody focuses on being successful next season.” (Sky Sports)
Will that be the end of it? Knowing Barcelona, I think not. Expect a Nou Camp player to come out with an interview stating just how perfect Fabregas will fit into the Guardiola’s plans and then the whole damn thing will start running again.