Spaniard has now been given assurances about his future at the club.
FC Barcelona midfield player Cesc Fabregas has turned down the chance to join Premier League champions Manchester United after deciding to stay at Camp Nou next season after all, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The hugely talented Spain international has so far been the subject of two bids from the Red Devils for his services, the second of which for £26 million was rejected by the Liga champions last weekend, although a third offer of £30m for the 26-year-old is understood to still be on the table for the Catalans to ponder.
However, the former Arsenal captain has now decided to remain at Camp Nou this summer after holding face-to-face talks with both Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and the club’s recently appointed head coach Tata Martino on Friday following the latter’s official unveiling.
And after both men told the playmaker, who only moved back to Catalonia two years ago after having spent eight years in north London, that he was very much part of their first-team plans going forward, Fabregas made the decision to turn down United’s approach and remain with his boyhood club.
Fabregas has registered an impressive 29 goals and 32 assists in just 96 matches since signing for Barcelona from the Gunners for an initial fee of 29m euros in August 2011, although that figure could rise to as much as 34m euros depending on certain add ons.