Former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has revealed Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas still dreams of playing for boyhood club Barcelona.
Transfer rumours regarding a possible switch have been intense for the last six months with many Barca players speaking to the press about it.
After Arsenal and Fabregas both quashed any rumours in January the speculation died down but now Pique has fanned the flames yet again in the build up to a big friendly clash between Spain and Portugal.
The common held view within football is that the Arsenal skipper will leave the Emirates Stadium one day to join his childhood club but when that day is could be anyone’s guess.
In the summer Arsene Wenger rejected a bid of around 35 million euros point blank and when Barca tried to negotiate they received short shrift.
As an alternative the Catalan side plumped for Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano, who had become unsettled at Anfield under new manager Roy Hodgson.
However, Fabregas could still be a possibility despite Barca having a wealth of talent in his position, including Mascherano, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
And Pique, who played alongside Fabregas for Barca’s academy before both made move to England, at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, believes it is Fabregas’ destiny to return to the Camp Nou – just like the centre back did.
Pique said: “We've shared a friendship for many years and I know his hopes and the hope he has of someday wearing the Barcelona shirt.
“I hope one day he will fulfil his dream. I know the satisfaction it brings and I hope he can accomplish it as well."