Fresh Cesc talk played down
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cesc Fabregas's agent insists that he has not held talks with Real Madrid.Cesc Fabregas's agent insists that he has not held talks with Real Madrid, amid claims the Spanish giants will once again look to try and land the Arsenal starlet.
Real are set to appoint Bernd Schuster as successor to Fabio Capello - and he is believed to have told the club's hierarchy that he wants Cesc.
Real would only be too happy to oblige and sign the Gunners midfielder, but with Arsene Wenger set to stay put at Emirates - Cesc too looks like staying in North London.
"If Wenger had gone away from Arsenal, everything would be different because he is the soccer father of Cesc, and the boy has a lot to thank him for," his agent Joseba Diaz confirmed.
Diaz denied holding any talks with Madrid and insisted he knew nothing of their reported interest.
"Cesc has not considered an exit from Arsenal," he told AS.
"At the moment, there is neither an offer from Madrid for Cesc's services or any type of negotiation.
"It has been said that I have been at the Bernabeu to talk with Madrid about a move - but this is false.
"Cesc will begin training with Arsenal, but this is soccer and you never know what can happen - everything can change, but right now it is impossible that Cesc will be in Madrid because there isn't any offer."
Further reports in Spain have suggested that Wenger has told Madrid he will do a deal for Cesc, but only if they give the Gunners Brazilian star Robinho in exchange - something which the Spanish giants are highly unlikely to do.
Coach-elect Schuster also wants Jose Antonio Reyes back at The Bernabeu.
He spent the whole of last season on loan at Real with Julio Bapstia spending a similar term with The Gunners - but Wenger has already decided not to pursue a permanent deal for him.
However, with Reyes desperate not to return to England - Arsenal and Real are now locked in talks over a permanent deal."Reyes doesn't want to return to London," said his agent Jesus Rodriguez de Moya
"If the logical steps are taken, Reyes will be a Madrid player next year.
"Arsenal are not asking for ?20million (£13.6million) but they are asking for a reasonable fee in accordance with what they paid to Sevilla. The negotiations are on the table."