Vilanova rules out Fabregas return to England

Tito Vilanova has ruled out the possibility of Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas leaving the Spanish League champions for a return to England.

Vilanova has said: “Cesc has received offers from other clubs.  I talked with him and he told me he wants to stay.  His dream is to triumph here.”

This will come as a considerable stumbling block to Manchester United manager David Moyes who had hoped to land the Spanish international.  Arsenal do have a buy-back clause of £25million on the player and if the Spanish giants were open to offers it could prove a considerable tug of war between the Premier League rivals.

Moyes has already been disappointed in some of his pursuits so far this summer.  Most considerably missing out on Thiago Alcantara.  The Spanish Under-21 captain had been heavily tipped to join the Old Trafford side but he has instead opted to link up with ex-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at German champions Bayern Munich.  A deal that would surely leave the new United manager frustated.

A further Barcelona source is reported today to have said “The player is not transferable.”

The player himself said at the start of the summer:   “:I’ve always said that I’m happy at Barca.”

All this appears to point to any offer – believed to need to be £26million or more – being rejected.  However Moyes will possibly still test the water regardless.

Moyes has also been lined with moves for ex-Tottenham Hotspur and current Real Madrid player Luka Modric aswell as Everton’s  Marouane Fellaini.  The Belgian had been largely believed to be on his way from Goodison this summer but the club have yet to receive any offers.

However despite all the transfer speculation Reds legend and new player coach Ryan Giggs has spoken highly of the crop of young players at the club, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard looking to make their mark this coming season.

Giggs said after United’s 1-0 defeat to a Singha All Star XI: “”I am excited. Adnan did well – he looks a really good prospect.  He has trained with us quite a bit in pre-season and did well again. Now it is just about having that experience and learning from the older players and doing what he does best. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself. He is only young.”

On Lingard and ex-Crystal Palace player Zaha he said:  “Wilfried came on and was unlucky not to score and Jesse got some shots off as well. It was good experience for these lads to come on the tour, play in front of big crowds and get that experience. All the players I mentioned, not just Wilfried, are tremendous prospects. They are all exciting and will gain experience from games like this.”

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.