Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confirmed that his club have received high-level assurances from Barcelona that they will not launch a bid to sign Cesc Fabregas this summer.
The 22-year-old Spain midfielder continues to be linked with a return to the Camp Nou, where he was a youth player before heading to England, but Hill-Wood insists that that will not happen in the near future.
He told ESPN Soccernet:"There was a private conversation that took place in the boardroom and assurances have been made at the highest possible level. Arsenal do not expect those to be broken.
"I was not privy to the conversation, but was told about it. They said to us they are not interested this summer. It was a recent conversation, as recent as the time that they played us in the Champions League in fact ,as we got a bit upset because of all the media speculation.
"Subsequent to the conversation, if they are interested at any time in the future, they would come to us direct.
"However I'm not sure they are going to do that, because they told us they are pretty happy with what they have got and are pretty happy with their current players.
"If you want my opinion, I'm not sure he would even get in their team. Do they need him? I'm not sure that they do and they said to us they are not interested.
"That suits us fine. Fabregas is an Arsenal player and we want him to remain an Arsenal player. We hope he stays with us for a very long time."