Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has moved to pacify growing anger at him from the Premier League club’s fans in view of a possible breakdown in a desired transfer to Barcelona by claiming that he may decide to stay at the Emirates due to his love for the Gunners.
Preparing for Spain’s quarterfinal against Paraguay in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup finals, Fabregas denied that he no longer wanted to play for Arsenal and claimed that any transfer to the Catalan giants may not happen afterall.
“I haven’t said that I will definitely leave Arsenal,” Fabregas said to The Mirror.
“Everything is possible.
“Now I have my head and my focus on the World Cup.
“I am very pride to be captain of Arsenal and I love the club and have respect for them.
“It gave me such pride to be made captain.”
Barcelona have already had a £29 million bid for the Spanish international turned down by Arsenal amidst claims from Gunners coach Arsene Wenger that the player was not for sale and that the Frenchman had no intention to even consider letting the club talisman leave, having built the squad around Fabregas for the past few seasons.
But new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is determined to sign a marquee player to herald his term at the club and has instructed his team to hurry on a package to bring Fabregas back to the club he left as a 16-year-old.
However, Rosell also made it clear that he did not regard Fabregas as a star huge enough to command a transfer fee of £50 million and above – an amount that Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood had previously claimed would be a minimum before the Gunners would even consider opening negotiations for the player.