Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Cesc Fabregas would be making a mistake if he joined Barcelona.
The 22-year-old midfielder left Barca for Arsenal in 2003 and has been linked with a return to Spain.
“I can’t see anybody with a competitive edge wanting to go to Spain,” said Wenger. “They have two good teams and the number three is 27 points behind.
“Next weekend the players threatened to strike because they are not paid. It is a league in complete disarray.”
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Wigan on Sunday, Wenger grew frustrated with the media for their persistent questioning on the future of Fabregas.
“In every press conference I get asked from you, ‘Will Fabregas stay or not?'” said the Frenchman. “Frankly, I believe it’s not serious. The players are under contract.
“If the players are free, I’ll tell you, but when the players are under contract why should we always answer the same questions. Every week it exactly the same with Fabregas. Every year, every week. Why? I don’t know why.”
Wenger also denied suggestions that a secret meeting had taken place between the clubs when they contested the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Emirates in March.
“We have not been in contact with Barcelona. There is an official dinner before every Champions League game but there have been no secret meetings,” said Wenger.
“I don’t want to sell any of our players. We want to keep this team together. The players who are here are under contract and those who are demanded the other clubs have to call us. I can’t understand the persistent campaign to get English players to Spain.”