Sunday, 4 July 2010

Pique says Fabregas will leave Arsenal for Barcelona

And so the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga rolls on. Earlier this week Fabregas himself said:

"I haven't said that I will definitely leave Arsenal. Everything is possible. Now I have my head and my focus on the World Cup.
"I am very proud to be captain of Arsenal and I love the club and have respect for them. It gave me such pride to be made captain."

Now his Spain team-mate and close friend Gerard Pique has said will be a Barcelona player when the new La Liga season kicks off on August 28.

Pique told the Daily Star Sunday:
"I have known that Cesc wanted to join Barcelona for many years - but now it is more than about wanting to do it.
"Now it is something he feels he must do.
"The World Cup has not been a good thing for Arsenal.
"It has meant that he has been spending every day with myself, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Victor Valdes - and he has made his feelings very clear to us.
"He is keeping his mind focused on Spain but his heart is in Barcelona. I think already in his heart he is wearing a Barcelona shirt next season."
Pique adds:
"I can understand why Arsene Wenger is so keen to keep him, he is the single most important player to the club.
"Sir Alex Ferguson tried to persuade me to stay but the truth is that I was nowhere near as important to Manchester United as Cesc is for Arsenal.
"He is not only the captain but the player Arsene wants to build the future of Arsenal around.
"But sadly for Arsene I don't think he is going to be able to do that. Cesc wants to be at Barcelona and while we are at The World Cup I just hope a deal can be agreed.
"He is a very good friend of mine, one of my best friends inside and outside football and I look forward to playing with him.
"He would never act in a bad way to get his move, he is not that sort of guy and he has too much respect for Arsenal.
"He is very calm about everything and while we are trying to add a World Cup medal to our collection, we are confident Barcelona and Arsenal can agree a deal."

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