Manchester United have been dealt a big blow in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas after Barcelona declared they are not willing to let the former Arsenal captain leave the Nou Camp this summer, despite rumours surrounding the midfielder.
Fabregas was at the centre of a transfer saga 12 months ago when David Moyes made the midfielder his number one target and United courted the Barcelona man throughout the summer, seemingly convinced that the World Cup winner had grown disillusioned with life in Catalonia and was looking to return to the Premier League.
However, Fabregas remained at the Nou Camp and went on to make 28 starts in La Liga last season, scoring eight times and assisting a further 13 goals.
With the Catalan giants poised to bolster their squad after their transfer ban was revoked, Fabregas was thought to be among the players who could leave in the summer and, even though Fabregas had not openly declared a desire to return to the Premier League any time soon, both Arsenal and United had been linked with a move for the 27-year-old midfielder.
Now, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartolomeu reiterated that Fabregas remains an important player for the club and that Barcelona have no intention to part ways with the former Arsenal man.
“We don’t want to sell players,” Bartolomeu told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“Barca do not want to sell Fabregas or any other players that may appear to be on the market.”
The Barcelona president also quashed rumours linking Javier Mascherano and Xavi with a move away from the Nou Camp, insisting that neither the Argentine the veteran midfielder, who had also been linked to United, will leave the club.
“Mascherano is a key player on the field, he stays at Barca,” said the Barca supremo.
“Xavi’s contract ends in 2016 and he has two more years with the club. Coaches rely on experience for the future, and he has been at the club for 16 years.”