Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna claims club captain Cesc Fabregas wants to join Barcelona this summer, but hopes Samir Nasri will stay at the north London club.

Fabregas has once again been linked with a return to the Catalan club, where he came through the youth ranks before signing for the Gunners in 2003. Barca have failed to sign their former player in each of the last two summer transfer windows, but Sagna believes it could be a case of third time lucky for the Catalan club.

"I can say it's true that Cesc wants to go to Barca," the right-back told former Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Fernandez on France's RMC radio station.

"Fabregas wants to return to his country of birth, to his city, where his family are; he wants to play for one of the best teams in the world, Barcelona, and that's understandable.

"At the moment, however, he is still Arsenal's captain."

While Sagna believes Fabregas may leave London, the defender is hopeful Nasri will stay at the English club.

"Samir is happy at Arsenal, but I don't know what the best thing is for his career," he said.

"He has been one of the best players in the team this season and he is one of the symbols of this team. I hope to find him there when we return for (pre-season) training."

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