Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Ends Cesc Fabregas Speculation

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJuly 28, 2010

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has drawn a line under all of the speculation over Cesc Fabregas leaving by insisting the captain will not leave the club this summer.

Barcelona have been after the Spaniard for a while, but in June, the Gunners rejected their bid of £29 million.

Wenger told the club's website, "Cesc is a very important player for us, he is our captain and we've worked very hard for him to be our future."

"That is why we are always adamant about not letting him go."

The London team's stubborn resistance was reaffirmed by Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa. This week, he revealed that Arsenal have refused to sit down with them and negotiate any deal with them.

Arsenal then gave out a persuasive statement about Cesc saying he still has five years left to run on his contract, so was not available for transfer.

This has not prevented the Spanish giants from constantly pursuing the international star. Fabregas played for Barcalona's youth team before he joining Arsenal back in 2003.

While he was away on international duty in South Africa, the rumors surfaced again. Barcelona midfielder Xavi claimed that Fabregas told his Spain teammates that he wants a return to the Nou Camp.

What didn't help him was that during the celebrations for Spain's World Cup victory, a number of players forced Fabregas to wear a Barcelona shirt.

Wenger believes all this talk is a bunch of nonsense, saying: "It is only noise. In our job we have to deal with what we can master. What we cannot influence is not to worry about."