Read the full transcript of Cesc Fabregas's father's interview on Spanish radio here
Published 23:00 25/05/10 By MirrorFootball
The latest twist in the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga came on Tuesday morning when the Arsenal captain's father was interviewed on a Spanish radio station and confirmed his son wants to move to Barcelona as soon as possible.
For the first time you can now read the full translated transcript of the entire interview with Francesc Fabregas Snr on Radio Marca, right here.
Q: Can Cesc handle the situation, it must be difficult?
A: "Cesc is mature enough. Now he has to focus on the World Cup and leave his future for the moment. Now he has to enjoy the World Cup and only think about that."
Q: The reports are that your son has already done everything to smooth a transfer to Barca.
A: "I tend to think that too. He has decided. It appears more clearly that he will do it. Whatever happens, he has great respect for Arsenal. When these things happen I think that there can be misunderstandings and I think that everyone should just respect the decision of the player. He has had his time there and given everything. He has been there since he was very young. They have looked after him so well and turned him into a man and his game has improved so much.
"We find ourselves at a moment when we have to start talking about money and the situation could change. Arsenal should understand that Cesc has been and is, because now I am talking about this but he could still be there next season, always giving his best to the club that have made him their captain. They also know what he has done for them. What should be in Cesc's favour is that, in the end, he could finish knowing that the club understands his situation."
Q: It is believed that the relationship between Arsenal and Cesc has been so good that it would be highly unlikely that Cesc would do something to harm that now.
A: "I do not think that these things need happen in life. Everything can be talked about. Cesc has been very clear. He mentioned it early to give himself the best chance. This would have caused a lot more bother had it been brought up after the World Cup because then there is not much time to react and look for a new player. At 23 he has shown his maturity and it has been only him that has spoken without any agents talking. He has wanted to speak out because he did not want to have any problems. It is a choice and now time is required so that a solution can be found."
Q: It appears that Arsenal will take some convincing?
A: "Like everyone. If you have a player, who is the most important one in the team, speaking out, then it is normal that you want to do all you can. What Arsenal has done is normal. I cannot justify or go against what they are doing. Now it is a question of how they feel, what they say and how they see things. They need to talk. I thought that this might be quick, all done, and now I see that maybe we will need to talk more to sort things out.
"After what I have seen this week this could be a long process, although I hope not. There are times when you just have realise that finishing it all as soon as possible would be best. But this is not how this appears."
Q: Do you think Barca will work hard to sign Cesc?
A: "From what they have said it appears that they will because he is a player they really want."
Q: Cesc has only one choice to make? To go to Barca or stay at Arsenal?
A: "Yes, that is the decision. Barca have said not to listen to anyone else that is not Barca. That means that evidently there are other clubs that are interested and would not have the difficulty that Barca would have to pay the amount that Cesc would currently cost. To avoid that he wanted to clarify that he will only either stay at Arsenal or go to Barca."
Q: Some Barca fans do not think that Barca should break the bank to sign Cesc.
A: "Everyone thinks that the world of football can be a little insane. I have a small construction business and deal with budgets of €2,000 or €3,000 and all this is beyond me. Is Cesc worth this amount? They talk about millions like they were nothing. It does make people nervous but what can you do if it is your son and he is involved in all this?
"I understand that people are all discussing this, but one has to understand Cesc's circumstances. When he first left he said he would not go back, but things happen. Now this interest is mutual. A valuation is the difficult part. I am in the middle."
Q: It does seem that this will all go well and Cesc will end up at Barca.
A: "I do not know what to say. I do not want to say either way because I don't know. We have no experience in all this. I would like Cesc to leave Arsenal with his head held high because they have given him everything.
"As his father I am very grateful for the way that Arsenal have taken care of him. People have to remember that he went to Arsenal when he did because they had a good plan and because he liked their style. Money talks in football. But if Cesc had not succeeded at Arsenal he would have been very unhappy.
"When he went nobody guaranteed us that he would make it, it was just the idea. I only hope that he can leave on good terms and if he can come here, because that is what he wants, then he can show all the Barca fans what a great player he is and they would welcome him."