Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has denied suggestions he has agreed to join Barcelona next season.
Reports from Spain have claimed that Gunners skipper Fabregas has reached a verbal agreement to move to Camp Nou at the end of the season.
Barcelona moved quickly to dispel the rumours and now the midfielder has clarified his position by stating that he is totally committed to the Gunners.
“They have denied it, I have denied it. I just want to focus on Arsenal,” Fabregas told Sky Sports after Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday.
“I think Arsenal Football Club is above everything, every single player in its history and their fans, and the club, and myself – I think we deserve a little bit more respect.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also rubbished talk that the Spain international was on his way to Spain.
“Nothing plus nothing is nothing,” said Wenger.
However, Fabregas’ father has claimed his son would be amenable to holding talks with Barca at the end of the season
“If something has to happen – we will see at the end of the season. We would talk,” Fabregas Snr told Radio Kanal.
“But to be talking about these at the middle of the season – I understand Arsenal being angry.
“If a club is interested in a player, then it should go to the other club and try to negotiate. This is the way to function always.
“If this thing has to happen, it has to be this way: Barca going to talk to Arsenal. That goes the same with Cesc and for the rest of the players.”