Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he will stay at Barcelona— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 8, 2013
At a recent press conference in Malaysia, the 26-year-old dismissed the possibility he could leave Camp Nou this summer, confirming he plans to remain with the Spanish champions and that it's been his dream to play for Barca, per The Telegraph: "My dream has always been to play at Barça and nothing has changed. I'm very, very happy here and I never thought about leaving."
United and new boss David Moyes have shown serious interest in Fabregas this summer, making him their No. 1 target this offseason and even launching two failed bids. But with Cesc shooting down the rumours and making it clear he's not going anywhere, the Red Devils are forced to give up their pursuit and look elsewhere for improvements.
With the distracting transfer drama now in the rearview mirror, Fabregas and his club can shift their focus to getting ready for another season in the spotlight, only this time with even higher expectations after the club acquired Brazilian sensation Neymar from Santos back in June.
Fabregas couldn't have spoken out at a better time.
Quite frankly, Barcelona doesn't need the extra attention heading into what is likely to be one of the more overly scrutinized campaigns in recent memory. Not to mention first-year manager Gerardo Martino has enough on his plate already.
While there's no denying Fabregas sometimes seems frustrated playing somewhat out of position, he's remained one of the most productive players on the squad.
He's scored 29 goals and recorded 32 assists in 96 appearances in all competitions since coming over from Arsenal, proving to be one of the top do-it-all players on the planet.
In addition to helping stabilize the future of the squad, Fabregas' comments will make him an even more popular star among Barca supporters, who will surely appreciate his loyalty to the club.
If defending Premier League champion Manchester United can't lure him away, who can?
Credit Fabregas for speaking out and remaining loyal to his dream club. Manchester United is too great of an opportunity to just brush aside without a thought. But he's given it thought and made it clear Barcelona is where he wants to be this season and in the years to come.
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