Spaniard now intends to end his playing career at Camp Nou.
Barcelona midfield player Cesc Fabregas has claimed that he never had any intention whatsoever of leaving the Spanish champions this summer for Premier League giants Manchester United, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.
The coveted Spain international was the subject of intense interest from the Red Devils throughout the close-season transfer window, with the Premier League champions seeing two bids valued at £26m and £30m for the 26-year-old rejected out of hand by the Catalans.
However, it had been suggested in some quarters that Fabregas was keen on swapping Camp Nou for Old Trafford this season, only for the playmaker to deny those claims, saying he wouldn’t even leave for double the money.
“The tougher the challenge the better I like it and Barcelona was the biggest and most difficult, and I want to finish in a happy manner and if I can retire at Barca, then so much the better,” said Fabregas.
“The only thing in my head is triumphing at Barcelona.
“When I arrived at Barcelona I already knew there were other places where I could earn more or where I could have more minutes, but coming to Barca was my dream.
“It was my dream since I was small. I wouldn’t go, not even for double the money.”
Fabregas left Arsenal in August 2011 to re-join his boyhood club for an initial fee of 29m euros, although that could ultimately rise to as much as 34m euros depending on certain add-on clauses.
However, the former Gunners skipper has not always been a first-team regular in Catalonia for the past two seasons, although the midfield player has still manage to register a highly impressive 29 goals and 37 assists in total in his 101 matches in all competitions for Barca since he joined the Liga giants.