Emirates man reads from the Nou Camp book of “How to Get Cesc Fabregas back to Catalonia”.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed that team-mate Cesc Fabregas was “determined” to secure a move to Barcelona during the summer transfer window.
Barca pursued the Gunners captain for months, but the London club refused to do business with the Catalan giants.
Fabregas, 23, left the Spanish club when he was just 16 and has since expressed a desire to eventually return to the Nou Camp.
And Vermaelen has explained that the Spainaird “more or less confessed” to the rest of the Arsenal squad that he wanted to leave the Emirates.
“Cesc carries Barcelona in the heart, in his DNA,” the Belgium international told talkSPORT.
“Therefore it is impossible for him to forget about them.
“He was determined to go to Barça last summer, he more or less confessed it in the dressing room. But that is passed history.
“Now is 100 per cent ready to put his all in to a great season with Arsenal.” (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
All kidding aside, it is good to see Thomas Vermalen ending his quote with some positive stance on the whole Cesc Fabregas/Barcelona saga. However the Belgian has put together a couple of sentences not unlike those churned out by the Nou Camp side and just about every player and coach employed by the club. Statements like “Barcelona is in his DNA” will no doubt be drummed into Xavi and his team-mates, so that they can reel off such statements when they are put in front of a journalist.
Will the 23 year old leave for La Liga next summer? Well Barcelona will have you believe that is an absolute certainty and even some Arsenal fans will be worried about just such an occurrence. The point is however, that the north London club never entertained the notion of selling the talented midfielder and all signs point to that being the case next summer, so what then?
Will Fabregas push for a move by then? Any success the Gunners can achieve this season will at least serve to remind Cesc what the Emirates outfit is capable of and that in itself would be a good starting point to any negotiations to keep the mercurial performer.