Arsene Wenger has joined the debate on where the future of Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, lies. The Arsenal manager, who had the player under his guidance for 8 years, doesn’t see a move to league rivals, Manchester United, as imminent.
The Frenchman said: “”What I know is that Fabregas will stay one more year, at least, in Barcelona. That’s the information I have. If that changes, I don’t know. But that’s what I’ve been told.”
This is marginally reflective of new Barcelona manager Tato Martino’s comments on Friday evening. Rather than being allowed to bask in the glow of a highly satisfying 8-0 victory over Santos, the Argentinian was pressed on the future of his adroit midfielder.
The former Paraguay manager said: “ “I have spoken with Cesc and he told me what he thought. The idea of not counting on him doesn’t enter my mind, but the player also has to decide. I dare to say that he will stay.”
If there was not enough solidity to this statement, the words of Barcelona’s Sporting Director had a steelier feel to them, the former goalkeeper told the club’s website : “He has a contract with us.
“We count on Cesc. I said that on the day of the presentation of Tito (Vilanova) and also with Tata. He’s an extraordinary player who creates and finishes chances. We are delighted with him. He’s the number four of Barca.”
Fabregas’s teammates are lining up to reinforce their respective beliefs that the player will remain with the La Liga champions. Javier Mascherano believes the player is content, referring to his roots in the city and the satisfaction he see’s in his teammates training; admitting though, he hasn’t spoken to him directly on the subject.
Alex Song made similar sounds, referring again to the former Arsenal player’s love of the city and the club. Tellingly however, he admits to not having broached the subject directly with Fabregas himself.
But his Spanish teammate, and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has weighed in to the debate, speaking positively about the impact his fellow countryman, he believes, would have at Old Trafford.
He told the Manchester Evening News: “He will have to make the decision whether he wants to stay or join us. It would be a very good signing and he would help us improve greatly.”
The coming weeks, will see the debate come to a close, for now at least. The future of the player seems to be in his own hands. If Fabregas does make clear his intent to stay that, you would think, would be the end of that. If he makes it clear he wants a return to the Premier League, the feeling is Barcelona won’t overtly stand in his way.
Like many of this summer’s transfer sagas, the outcome of this one doesn’t appear to be coming to a close quite yet.