Gerard Pique is “convinced” that Cesc Fabregas will turn his back on English football in order to return to Barcelona this summer.
Fabregas is believed to have told Arsene Wenger that he would like to leave Arsenal and rejoin Barcelona, the club he left as a 16-year-old in order to move to the Premier League.
Pique emulated Fabregas in 2004 when opting to turn down a deal at Barca and join Manchester United, but he returned to the Catalan outfit in 2008. Now he expects that Fabregas will also return and become Barca’s second star signing of the summer after Spain striker David Villa.
“I had a similar situation at Manchester United,” said Pique in the Daily Mirror. “I am a Barcelona fan, I wanted to return and I am convinced that Cesc will come here.
“I am enjoying the best years of my life and my career here and I think that’s why Cesc wants to come. He would fit in well. I found it impossible to resist a return to Barcelona. If he comes along with David Villa then we will have a team the envy of the world.”
Despite the player’s apparent enthusiasm for a move, Arsenal insist they have no intention of selling, with chairman Peter Hill-Wood stating: “We are not remotely interested in selling him.”
Wenger added: “The chairman told you the story. The more you speak the less good it is.”