Fabregas staying at Arsenal
Gunners ace puts paid to Barca speculation
Last Updated: 11/08/10 10:20am
Fabregas: Committed to Arsenal
Spain international Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he is staying with Arsenal for the new Premier League season.
"I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal's prerogative not to sell me."
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The talented 23-year-old has been heavily linked with Barcelona this summer and he has admitted that two formal offers were tabled for his services.
The Gunners rejected Barca's moves and never changed their position throughout the summer, stating consistently that he was not for sale.
While Fabregas admits he was seriously tempted to rejoin the Catalan giants, he is now fully focused on performing for Arsenal.
He has been with the club since he was 16 after leaving Camp Nou and appreciates everything they have done for him over the years.
"Firstly I would like to apologise to all the Arsenal fans for not speaking sooner about my future but I have not known what I was going to do until this moment," told Sky Sports News.
"I cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for me. This was the club where I learnt my football, it is my home town where my friends and family are and a club where I have always dreamed of playing. There are not many players in the world who would not want to play for Barcelona.
"I have had many conversations with Arsene Wenger both in person and over the phone over the last few months and although the content of those conversations will remain private, the conclusion is that Barcelona have had two formal offers rejected by Arsenal.
"I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal's prerogative not to sell me.
"I owe a lot to the club, manager and the fans and I will respect their decision and will now concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal.
"I can assure all the fans that now the negotiations have ended I will be 100 per cent focused on playing for Arsenal.
"I am an Arsenal player and as soon as I step out on to the pitch, that is the only club I will be thinking about.
"I am looking forward to the start of the season and putting this speculation behind me."