Cesc Fabregas has today
released the following statement:
"Firstly 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.
"I cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an
attractive move for me. This was the club where I learnt 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 this 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.
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 percent 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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