Cesc Fabregas' first season at Barcelona hasn't gone exactly to plan since the former Arsenal captain rejoined his boyhood club last summer for £35million.

The Spaniard remains second-choice at the heart of the club's midfield, behind Nou Camp legends Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. But, despite his lack of playing time - which recently prompted Fabregas to admit he was unhappy with his current situation - the 25-year-old says he wants to end his career in Catalunya.

"There's no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football," he admitted after being hauled off, following a rare start against Valencia last Sunday.

"I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on. If I have to take my unhappy face home then so be it, but I would never let my team-mates or manager see it."

Fabregas appears to have fallen further down the pecking order since the departure of Pep Guardiola - the man responsible for bringing him back to Spain - with former assistant Tito Vilanova, now employed as first-team manager, seeming to prefer other midfield options.

"This whole situation is exaggerated," he told Catalunya Radio. "I am happy. I am at the club I wanted to be at for many years. Currently I am very calm.

"I'm doing my job and working as anyone else to make life difficult for my coach (to leave me out). I want to retire at the Camp Nou."

The ex-Gunner insists he will continue to fight for his place in the team, and revealed he is taking inspiration from Xavi, the player currently blocking his path to the Barcelona team.

"When Guardiola retired it was not easy for Xavi. People did not understand his game and he was criticised. Now he is one of the best players in the history of Barca.

"People take time to get used to you. With Iniesta it also went something like this."

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