Arsenal - No Barca contact
Arsenal insist Barcelona have not been in touch regarding the transfer of Spain international Cesc Fabregas.
Last Updated: 21/05/10 5:30pm
Arsenal have stated Barcelona have not been in touch regarding the proposed transfer of Spain international Cesc Fabregas.
The 23-year-old has been on Barca's wanted list for some time and it emerged earlier this week that the talented midfielder had apparently told manager Arsene Wenger he wanted to leave.
Fabregas began his career with the Catalan giants but quit Camp Nou as a teenager to join Wenger's progressive Gunners outfit in search of first-team football.
The Spaniard has been a revelation during this time with North Londoners and has become an integral part of their midfield, captaining the side and scoring 15 Premier League goals this season.
However, following yet another campaign without silverware reports stated Fabregas now wanted out, leading to further speculation a €45million (£39.1m) deal could be in the offing.
With the Spain international's future once again up in the air, Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insists the club's hierarchy is yet to hear anything from the Camp Nou outfit.
"We have heard nothing at all from Barcelona," stated Hill-Wood in the Daily Star.
Meanwhile, Barcelona midfielder Xavi has urged his compatriot to quit Arsenal as it is 'criminal' a player of his quality has only won two club honours.
Fabregas won the 2004 Community Shield with the Gunners along with the 2005 FA Cup, although the club's extensive trophy cabinet has been surprisingly bare since.
Xavi believes Cesc has little option but to quit Arsenal in search of more silverware, something not in short supply with Liga champions Barcelona.
"It is criminal for a player of Cesc's quality not to be winning the biggest prizes in football," said Xavi.
"He really has no choice but to leave. He is making the right decision and I hope Arsenal fans wish him well."