Fabregas: 'I want to go to Barcelona'
Published 23:00 13/05/10 By Neil McLeman
Cesc Fabregas wants a decision on his future before the World Cup after admitting he wants to return to Barcelona.
The Arsenal captain has grown increasingly frustrated at the club’s lack of silverware over the last five years.
His unhappiness has attracted big-money approaches from Real Madrid and Manchester City which he has flatly turned down.
But now he wants manager Arsene Wenger to prove he is serious about winning trophies immediately by splashing cash in the transfer market on proven players - or he will seek a move to his his boyhood club.
Fabregas will join up with the Spain squad on May 24 before the big kick-off on June 11 and said: “I want to make a decision about my future before the start of the World Cup.
“It’s impossible to perform at a tournament like the World Cup if you’re not fully focused on the sporting aspects of the game. I don’t want to be distracted by transfer talk.”
Fabregas, who is under contract until 2014, also claimed he was “very happy” at Arsenal and “in no hurry to leave the club”.
But the former Barcelona youth player, who is back in Spain working on his fitness, has given a series of interviews talking about moving back to the Nou Camp.
While Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005, Barcelona can retain the Spanish title this week.
And speaking on camera at a fun park near Salou, Fabregas admitted his jealousy.
“You see your colleagues triumph here and the desire is tremendous because we have worked together many years ago,” he said. “When you see that things are going so well for them, I think I would like to go to Barcelona. Then if they want me or not is another thing. It’s what I want and what I would like.”
Fabregas’ comments were last night welcomed by Barca president Joan Laporta.
“Any player that wants to come to Barca should show commitment to the club and that commitment can come in many forms, not just by showing a desire to play for the club, to play alongside world-class players, of his history as a fan, but also by explaining why he wants to play for Barca and only for Barca,” he said.