Cesc stands by Barca wish

Image: Fabregas: World Cup winner

Cesc Fabregas is refusing to discuss his future, but claims he stands by comments he has made in the past.

Gunners skipper still hoping to head home at some stage

Cesc Fabregas is refusing to discuss his future, but claims he stands by comments he has made in the past. The Arsenal midfielder, who tasted World Cup glory with Spain at this summer's World Cup, continues to find himself at the centre of a long-running transfer saga. Primera Liga giants Barcelona have been chasing his signature for a while, with the player himself admitting that he would welcome a switch to Camp Nou. As a Catalan native, Fabregas has often expressed a desire to return to his roots at some stage. It was reported prior to the World Cup that he had informed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger of his wish to head back to Spain, and Barca subsequently saw an official approach knocked back. Things have failed to progress since then, with events in South Africa taking centre stage, but the transfer mill is set to spring back to life now the World Cup is over.

Future

Fabregas is determined to steer clear of the speculation for as long as possible, but he has admitted that he still harbours an ambition to play for Barca sooner rather than later. "I have not spoken to anybody in the last few days and I want to ignore anything regarding my future for now," he said. "I want to enjoy my holidays and I don't want to talk about Barcelona at this moment. "I make no apologies for the comments I have made in the past. I have expressed my interest in returning and I stand by that, as that is my personal wish." Reports in Spain suggest Barca officials have once again looked to make contact with their Arsenal counterparts, with newly-appointed president Sandro Rosell keen to complete his summer transfer business as quickly as possible. It is claimed that Barca are only prepared to hold out until the end of the July in their efforts to land Fabregas before turning their attention elsewhere.

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