Speaking to Marca at an event in London, the playmaker was asked about the prospect of returning to play in Spain, and insisted that it would never be possible for him to move back to the Catalan giants.
“Man…to return to Barcelona would o longer be possible,” the Spain international began. “It is impossible.
“Even if I wanted to,” he continued. “The option of Barcelona is over, it’s closed.”
The 29-year-old has already enjoyed two spells with the Catalan giants during his career.
He spent six years at the club’s celebrated La Masia academy, before being poached by Arsenal in 2003.
The midfielder truly made his name during his eight-year spell with the Gunners, graduating to the Spain senior side and winning the FA Cup in 2005 and reaching the Champions League final a year later.
The call of home and the prospect of featuring regularly alongside his national teammates and in the heart of arguably the finest club side in the sport’s history took him back to Catalonia in 2011.
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However, he would move back to England after three seasons, despite ending his time in Spain with the 2013 Liga title.