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An Open Letter To F.C. Barcelona: Back Off From Cesc

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 03:  Coach Josep Guardiola of Barcelona shouts to his players during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Almeria at the Camp Nou Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the match 1-0.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Gustavo DestroSenior Analyst IOctober 14, 2009

Dear Mr. Laporta, Begiristain, and Guardiola,

First off I'd like to state that I have been a supporter of your club for a long time and still am. F.C. Barcelona is my favorite Spanish side and has been for as long as I follow football; my favorite player of all time plays for your club at the moment (Thierry Henry) and another did for the apogee of his career (Ronaldinho).

Last season, I celebrated as you beat Manchester United to complete the Treble (a fantastic accomplishment) and look forward to see what you can do for an encore.

Having said that, I must get to the point of my letter, and it is as simple as two words:

Back Off.

As a passionate Arsenal fan I must say I have grown tired of the constant news "stories" regarding one Francesc Fabregas, which just so happens to be our current captain.

The stories, you are all aware of, all have a similar content and one main point: The idea that Cesc Fabregas should play for Barcelona. Your players (Xavi, Puyol), as well as the manager, Josep Guardiola and even the club's Chairman and president, Joan Laporta have given plenty of fuel to the Catalan press regarding the fact that Fabregas is a perfect fit for the club and that he would be a welcome addition.

Well, I find it all very unprofessional and disrespectful to the Arsenal organization, its fans and of course, Fabregas himself.

The fact that Cesc is a Catalan native, that he began his youth career at Barcelona, that he considers Guardiola as his idol and that he has the perfect abilities to play in the team's current style (fast thinking, quick passer) is no excuse to inundate the Spanish press and therefore the English press with stories that he has the "Barcelona DNA".

The young man has had to answer more questions about this subject than he should; and what is constant with his answers is that he always makes one point and one point only: That he is Arsenal's current captain and that he is currently committed 100% to Arsenal.

He does, however, have to do this every few weeks, given how many times a new "report" surfaces, or any Barcelona employee makes a comment.

The media creates stories whenever there is no story to cover, and it does so in Spain, England, Brazil and everywhere in the world, what really infuriates me is that most stories could be shot down with a simple "no comment" or a "our squad is strong as it stands" by any player/manager/coach/administrator, but no such thing is done.

Again, very unprofessional and disrespectful.

You hardly hear an Arsenal player say that such and such player has the "Arsenal DNA," or that he is perfect for the team and he should come play in London. Arsene Wenger stays quiet like a tomb even when stories are actually true and he is the wrong guy to go to for a little wood for the media fire.

I am under no illusions, though, that Fabregas will forever be a Gunner, especially during this money-first, business football world we live in nowadays. I understand that he has desires to play for the club he adored when he was growing up (heck, we all do) and even Henry left and he still is one of the most beloved Gunners ever.

But for now, Fabregas is Arsenal's captain, he is playing well and is totally committed to the club.

So, for now, back off.

Gustavo Destro

P.S.: On Nov. 29th, show Real that even €180m still doesn't get them over the top.

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