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CESC HAPPY

After joining the Spanish club Barcelona more than 18 months ago, Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he is extremely happy at the Catalan club. Even though he has spoken in the past about his love for Arsenal, the Spaniard has all but ruled out the possibility of returning to Arsenal. Fabregas became one of the best midfielders in the world when he was an Arsenal player. He was transferred to Barcelona in a deal worth around £ 35 million. Fabregas has said that now that he has arrived at Barcelona, he would not like to leave the club ever.

He has stated that he would be extremely happy if his career finished at Barcelona. Fabregas is viewed as the long-term replacement for the veteran Xavi, who is coming to the end of his career. After failing to settle with the team in his first season back at the club, Fabregas has been one of the important players under the management of Tito Vilanova. He has been largely utilised as a second striker in many of the matches. He has managed to repay the faith of Vilanova by scoring six goals in just 20 appearances for the club this season. He has been one of the vital reasons for their domination in the league this season.

“Now I have returned and I want to stay, if I can and if I deserve to, forever. For me, to win the Champions League with Barca would be the best dream I could have as a football player. Our game against AC Milan is the most important of the season and although people say that Milan are not the same as in previous seasons it will still be a great challenge in a difficult stadium,” said the 25-year-old ahead of the Champions League match with AC Milan.

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CESC WILL RETURN

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he expects the former midfielder Cesc Fabregas to return to the club one day. The 25-year-old recently joined Barcelona in a £ 35 million deal after spending eight seasons at Arsenal. Fabregas had made no secret of the fact that he had a lot of love for his boyhood club Barcelona, from whom Arsenal managed to secure his signature for around £ 2 million as a 16-year-old. During his time at Arsenal, Fabregas won very little but he has already managed to lift several trophies since joining Barcelona.

Fabregas is a player who regards both Arsenal and Barcelona in the same breath. As a result, Wenger thinks that the player will be making that return to the club in four years time. Since the departure of Fabregas, many top players like Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, and Alex Song have departed the club. It remains to be seen if Fabregas will want to come to Arsenal, who have a very little chance of winning in the trophy in the near future. The club has not managed to win a single trophy since the 2005 FA Cup victory. Almost no player from the squad of that season survives now.

“I’m not convinced Fabregas won’t come back here one day. He’s an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal. He watches every Arsenal game. Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept this, especially as Barcelona are the best team in the world. He won’t return in the next two or three years but, after that, maybe. It was the tipping point for me. It’s important that we have some consistency. If they are ingrained with Arsenal, it is easier to keep them,” said Arsene Wenger, whose team sit outside the top four.

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VILANOVA HAILS MESSI

The manager of Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, has hailed Lionel Messi for his attitude towards the game. Talking to the reporters ahead of Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey match against Cordoba, Vilanova said, “The most incredible quality of Messi is his disciplined attitude. Even after achieving so much, he still has his feet grounded. He still works very hard on his game and always wants to learn new things.”

“When players go through such a purple patch, they tend to relax and start thinking that they can afford to miss a training session or two. But, Messi is not like that.”

“His approach on the field is also appreciable. His energy level remains the same either he is playing against a weak team or a strong team. He always remains motivated and that’s a great quality to have.”

When asked about the 11 point lead that Barcelona currently has over its arch rivals Real Madrid, Vilanova said, “We all know that Real Madrid is a very dangerous team and they will keep fighting till the very end. Currently, they are behind us, but, they can still catch up if we lose the momentum.”

“All the senior players of the team have been in good form and they have been delivering since the start of the season. But, we can’t win all the games that we will play. There might come a phase where we lose a few games. So, we need to be prepared for it.”

When asked about the match against Cordoba, Vilanova said, “We can’t afford to take them lightly. I know that people are expecting us to win this game easily, but, I don’t think it is going to be that easy for us. They have got some good players in their squad and they are capable of surprising us. So, we need to be careful against them.”