Cesc hints at Gunners stay

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Cesc Fabregas dropped a strong hint that his future lies with Arsenal after helping Spain to World Cup glory in South Africa.

Fabregas, who has been the subject of one unsuccessful bid from Barcelona and was reported to have told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger of his desire to return to Spain before the tournament, was a second-half substitute in the 1-0 final victory over Netherlands in Johannesburg.

The midfielder is expected to be the subject of an improved bid from his boyhood club following the end of the World Cup.

But the Arsenal captain has suggested that could now stay with the north London club.

"All I can say is that this World Cup victory is for all the Arsenal players and fans, they are a world-class club," he declared.

"I am an Arsenal player and proud to be."

Meanwhile, Fabregas has admitted that his first thought after Spain's extra-time victory at Soccer City was to console Dutch striker and Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie.

"The first thing I had to do after the final whistle was go to Robin. Instead of celebrating with my friends, I wanted to talk to him," he explained.

"He has been injured a lot and if it wasn't us he was playing against, it would have been different.

"I just hope he has his chance again, because he is a great guy and a great leader."

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