Arsene Wenger: Cesc Fabregas to Stay at Barcelona for at Least One More Year

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Former boss believes star man will stay in Spain.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has waved off the speculation linking Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas with a move to Manchester United this summer by claiming that he will stay in Spain, Sky Sports reports.

Fabregas played under Wenger at Arsenal for eight years before returning to his native land back in 2011, and has been the subject of two heavy bids from United already.

However, both bids have been rejected by the Catalan giants and Wenger has said that he now expects the Spanish international to stay at the Camp Nou.

“What I know is that Fabregas will stay on more year, at least, in Barcelona,” said the Frenchman. “That’s the information I have.

“If that changes, I don’t know. But that’s what I’ve been told.”

New Barcelona coach Tata Martino had originally said that he would leave the decision up to the player himself as to whether he stayed or left, but those comments are in stark contrast to those made by the club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, who insists Fabregas is integral to the future plans of the Spanish champions.

“He has a contract with us,” he told the club’s website.

“We count on Cesc. I said that on the day of the presentation of Tito (Vilanova) and also with Tata (new coach Gerardo Martino).

“He’s an extraordinary player who creates and finishes chances. We are delighted with him. He’s the number four of Barca.”

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