Premier League - Fabregas: Future out of my hands

Eurosport - Wed, 26 May 13:11:00 2010

Cesc Fabregas has finally spoken about his proposed move to Barcelona - and did not rule out exiting Arsenal this summer.

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The Gunners captain, currently with the rest of the Spain squad at their pre-World Cup training camp in Madrid, admitted it was not guaranteed that he would be at the club next season.

The 23-year-old revealed that he had a lengthy and frank discussion with manager Arsene Wenger, and that it is now up to the club to sort out his future amid interest from the Spanish champions, with whom he started his career.

Fabregas said: "I will say only one thing – I have got massive respect for Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Football Club and the Arsenal fans. Even in my own house I have not felt as loved as I have at Arsenal.

"I had a long conversation with Arsene and it was the greatest conversation I have had with anyone in my life.

"I respect him so, so much and I don't want to say anything more. Wenger said to leave it in his hands and he will deal with whatever happens in the future. It is now all about Arsenal – it is not in my hands.

"Now I just wait, it is up to Arsenal. Right now all I am thinking about is the World Cup. Everything else is the future and I am not going to say anything else."

Asked if he could guarantee that he would still be at Arsenal next season, Fabregas simply replied: "No."

Barca director general Joan Oliver said on Tuesday that the club was prepared to take the whole summer to negotiate a deal with the Gunners, who are yet to receive an official bid for their talismanic skipper.

If Fabregas makes the move back to his hometown, then his final game for Arsenal was against Barca, when his 85th-minute penalty secured a 2-2 draw at the Emirates in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Fabregas suffered a crack to his right fibula in the foul that led to that penalty, and it ruled him out for the rest of the domestic season.

He added: "It was really disappointing to miss the last two months of the season: we were fighting for the league and the Champions League and to miss that is never great, especially as I felt I was in the best form of my career."

Tony Mabert / Eurosport

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