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Cesc Fabregas confirms he is staying at Arsenal

Cesc Fábregas has confirmed to Arsenal’s fans that he will be staying at the North London club, for another year at least. It was reported yesterday that he would be staying, but now the news has come straight from the horse’s mouth.

Although he admitted that playing for Barcelona, the club that had been pursuing him all summer, would be a dream, he said that he was ‘100% focussed’ on Arsenal, and apologised for keeping the club’s fans in the dark for so long. However, there can hardly be anyone who doesn’t think that should Barca still want him next summer, he will be off. Whether Wenger will be able to command the same fee or not is another thing.

‘I would like to apologise to all the Arsenal fans for not speaking sooner about my future but I have not known what I was going to do until this moment,’ Fábregas said. ‘I cannot deny joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for me. This was the club where I learned my football, it is my home town where my friends and family are, and a club where I have always dreamed of playing. There are not many players in the world who would not want to play for Barcelona.

‘I have had many conversations with Arsène Wenger both in person and over the phone over the last few months and although the content of those conversations will remain private, the conclusion is that Barcelona have had two formal offers rejected by Arsenal. I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal's prerogative not to sell me.

‘I owe a lot to the club, manager and the fans and I will respect their decision and will now concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal. I can assure all the fans that now the negotiations have ended I will be 100% focused on playing for Arsenal. I am an Arsenal player and as soon as I step out on to the pitch that is the only club I will be thinking about. I am looking forward to the start of the season and putting this speculation behind me.’

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