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Cesc Fabregas Dismisses Speculation He Is Set To Leave Barcelona In January

Midfielder happy with new role under Vilanova.

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has dismissed speculation that he could leave the club in January and insists he is happy playing a deeper role under new boss Tito Vilanova.

Fabregas has been linked with a return to Arsenal and even a sensational switch to Manchester United, amid suggestions that the 25-year-old is unhappy playing a bit-part role at the Nou Camp.

The classy midfielder was angry at being left out of the side for the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid but has since started every La Liga game for Barca.

However, the diminutive star has been asked to play defensive midfield, which has led to further speculation that he is disgruntled with life in Catalonia.

Under former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, Fabregas was a regular scorer and given the license to make driving runs into the box. The pass-master even operated as the furthest forward player on the team in the “false number nine” role for Spain at Euro 2012.

But despite being asked to play the holding role, the World Cup and two-time European Championship winner insists he is content.

“I’m not a player who will score 30 goals in a season and fight for the ‘Pichichi’ (the prize that goes to the top scorer in Spain). Far from it,” Fabregas is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“I am a midfielder but it’s true that in the past few seasons I’ve scored many goals, and when I play in advanced positions I try to do that.

“But when I play deeper I try to hold the position and work for others, get the team moving and if there is an opportunity to try to get a goal as well, but that’s not what the boss is asking of me.

“I have to do what the coach asks me to and that isn’t to score two goals every gam. I try to do my job and I’m very calm, very content and very happy to be here.

“What I want is to stay and play at Barca and work as hard as I can.”

“I believe I have adapted well to the dressing room and to the club in general and the truth is I’m very happy and working hard.

“Last season was very positive for me and I’m trying every day to play as well as I can because everyone is happy with me.”



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