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Friday, June 04, 2010

Arsenal turn down Barcelonaa offer for Fabregas

Arsenal Football Club have today released the following statement about Cesc Fabregas :

(source : Arsenal statement on

"Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the Club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly-valued member of the team and part of our future plans.

"We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the Club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment."

"However, yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.

"To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word."

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Of course - Barcelona's previously stated "word of honour" about respecting Arsenal's position will now prove to be worth absolutely nothing - as Barcelona's President Joan Laporte is in a desperate election fight to maintain his position at the Catalan club.

With Real Madrid flexing their muscles under Jose Mourinho and Barcelona fearful of being overtaken domestically - I expect to see many more Cesc Fabregas stories and statements from Barcelona players and officials now - as they show disrespect for their own clubs "word of honour" and now attempt to "tap-up" the player.

But Arsenal have made a statement now - NO DEAL. It should be a closed book.

Are you watching Mr Platini? Will UEFA continue to sit idle while a player is illegally persued - simply because Barca are a glamour club ?

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