Manchester United miss out on yet another target

Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United‘s pursuit of Cesc Fabregas may finally be over, after the midfielder confirmed his commitment to Barcelona, reports the BBC.

United have been chasing the Spaniard for the majority of the summer, and have seen two official bids rejected by the Catalan giants. Manager David Moyes was said to be considering returning with a club record bid for the midfielder, although the deal now looks dead in the water.

“Triumphing in Barcelona has been my dream since I was a child,” said Fabregas.

“I am very happy at Barcelona and I haven’t spoken to any other club in the last two years.

“Stories have been invented. I was never given any sign from the club to make me think they didn’t want me, I have always felt wanted here.”

United were led to believe the former Arsenal captain was open to a return to the Premier League, following his failure to hold down a first team spot at the Nou Camp last season.

The 26-year-old started 30 of Barcelona’s 38 league games but was substituted on 16 occasions.

The midfielder also was in the starting line-up for six of the team’s 12 Champions League games and was taken off three times.

Despite the recent managerial change at Barcelona, Fabregas is adamant his future lies at the Nou Camp under new manager Gerardo Martino.

“I spoke to [Barca vice-president Josep] Bartomeu, the president [Sandro Rosell] in person and Tata also told me he wanted me to stay and there’s been no problem,” he added.

“I know what Martino wants from me, it is very clear. I will have to work very hard.”

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