Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has refused to close the door on a possible return to the Emirates.
The Spanish international midfielder finally completed his move back to Barcelona in August, but not before the Gunners inserted a first option buy-back clause in the player's contract should he ever be made available for by the La Liga outfit.
And whilst Fabregas can't currently see himself leaving the Nou Camp, he's more than happy for Arsenal to have the option installed in his deal.
“It’s absolutely fine by me [that the clause was inserted into the contract]. I enjoyed my time in Arsenal. I had some great years there. I developed as a player and as a person. I finished there as captain of the club and I will still follow the club and their results," he told Sport magazine.
“I don’t know if it’s realistic that I would return one day. But maybe I said the same when I left Barca, so you never know. If that was the final thing Arsenal needed to agree on to let me go, then I’m satisfied.”
Fabregas spent eight seasons with the Gunners after moving to north London from Spain as a teenager, working his way up through the ranks to become Arsene Wenger's club captain at Arsenal.
His sale is thought to have made the club around £35 million, and the Spaniard has tried to stay on good terms with the fans since making the move home. All this suggests he'd be welcomed back to Arsenal should the opportunity ever arise.