Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas did not appear to be happy when he was substituted by manager Gerardo Martino in the recent 1-1 draw with Levante. The home team took the lead after just 10 minutes through a goal from Vyntra. Barcelona, though, did not take long to equalise the match after Gerard Pique step forward to level things up. However, this marked the last action in terms of goals in this match, as Barcelona were unable to break down the stubborn resistance of the home team.
This is not the first time Levante have done well against the top teams, as they provided a stiff opposition to Real Madrid earlier in the season. However, Madrid were able to get three points due to late goals, which were absent in this match. As a result of the dropped points, Madrid have closed to the gap on Barcelona to just one point. The talking point of the match came from Fabregas when he was substituted. He appeared to be least happy with Martino, but the Spaniard has revealed now that the frustration of not having won the match was the reason for his displeasure.
Fabregas’ future over at Barcelona was under major doubt due to interest from Manchester United, but Martino has consistently stated that the former Arsenal man remains a key player for the club.
“My reaction after I was substituted? I was frustrated with the game, not that I was taken off. I felt good and we were creating chances. It was the frustration you get when the ball just doesn’t want to go in. I have the sense that we could have played better in the first half, but in the second we dominated. We controlled the game, we were a bit unlucky,” said the 26-year-old after the match.
Manchester United displayed interest in signing Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona during the summer transfer window but neither player were willing on making a move away from the Catalan club.
The Premier League side initially tried to secure the services of Thiago Alcantara but after failing on actually signing him, they attempted to get the midfield duo of Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.
Rumors emerged claiming that Fabregas was tempted on moving to Manchester United but taking into consideration that he is playing in the country where he was born and bred and the fantastic season that Barcelona are experiencing it seems extremely hard to believe him making a move away from the Catalan club.
Manchester United have been trying to add into their main squad player that can freshen up the team as they already have a number of players that are reaching the end of their contracts and some of them even the end of their career’s considering the elevated age.
So it makes sense that the current champions of the Premier League are busy searching for players that might be available in the winter transfer window but even for a world renowned club as Manchester United, some players are out of their reach even for them.
It seems highly unlikely that Fabregas will be leaving Barcelona anytime soon as a matter of fact he recently expressed his intentions of remaining with the Spanish club until the day he retires and the only other club he would consider moving to is Arsenal.
“It would be a dream come true to retire with Barca,” he told fans on Facebook. I will continue to work very hard to make that happen’’.
“Playing here is a dream and means everything to me because I have always been a huge fan.”
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he learnt about the Arsenal way of life from the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robert Pires before moving to the club last summer. Cazorla was one of the best buys for Arsenal last season, as he contributed significantly in terms of assists. His presence made the team overcome the absence of Jack Wilshere for majority of the campaign, while many even compared him with Cesc Fabregas, who was the last great Spaniard at the Emirates stadium.
Cazorla has said that he did not have any worries about moving to Arsenal, but that did not prevent him from enquiring a little bit about the club from the former players. The midfielder arrived from Malaga in a £ 12 million deal last summer. Cazorla has said that he has come to Arsenal in order to win trophies, which would be difficult to think about at the likes of Villarreal and Malaga. Arsenal, though, have not won a major trophy in the last eight years, but with the addition of players like Mesut Ozil this summer appears to have done the trick.
The club is currently top of the table with a two-point advantage over the likes of Chelsea. Cazorla has also said that the former legends like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp also inspired him to move to Arsenal.
“I spoke with them both when Arsenal came to me, and their opinions were very important. Fabregas spoke with me and told me it’s a top club with a great history and maybe you can win trophies there. That was a big change for my career, because at Villarreal and Malaga it’s very difficult to win trophies. I had always watched Arsenal, though, because I loved the Premier League,” said Cazorla in a recent interview.
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that he is extremely delighted with his performance in the 2-1 win over Uruguay at the Confederations cup in Brazil. Spain are one of the favourites to lift this tournament along with Italy and Brazil. This is due to the presence of star names like Cesc Fabregas, who have been able to define Spain in the last five years. Over the years, Fabregas has been increasingly playing as a false striker after growing accustomed to this role since moving to Barcelona two years ago.
Fabregas had enormous success while playing as the second striker or in an advanced midfield role for Arsenal. Fabregas not only created the goal for Roberto Soldado, but he also came extremely close to scoring one for himself. Due to the absence of former Liverpool midfielder Alonso, Fabregas was utilised in a free role by manager Vicente del Bosque. After the match, the 26-year-old said that he thoroughly enjoyed his new role and his performance. He also said that the performance from the entire team was very satisfactory, as Spain proved the reason why they are regarded as the best team in the world right now.
Despite having the likes of Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan in the squad, Uruguay were not able to get a win.
“The boss asked me to play freely. He knows that when I was at Arsenal that was the position I played in the best, and it worked very well today. We played very well, we were very strong in defence and in attack. We had a very good first half. We had a great game but we were really worn out due to the heat and humidity. We feel very good about our performance and that is what’s important,” said Fabregas after the match.