Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has endured a difficult start to the new season, but the former-Arsenal captain insists he's still happy at the Nou Camp.

The 25-year-old moved to his boyhood club last summer for £30m, and despite an excellent start to life in Catalonia, Fabregas has dropped to the substitutes bench in recent weeks.

With Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Xavi ahead of him in the pecking order, Fabregas has found first-team opportunities difficult to come by, and the former-Gunner admits it's hard to displace three-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi from the starting lineup.

"My position is in midfield," said Fabregas. "Playing up front is an option, but at Barca the best player in history is playing there.

"Since the day I arrived, I've felt important for the team. I'm very happy, both personally and for the team.

As for the doubters, Fabregas reveals he pays little attention to those who suggest he's struggling to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp.

"Criticism? I always go out on the pitch with a smile, ready to give everything. I'm enjoying myself and learning a lot."

The Catalan club came from behind to beat Spartak Moscow in the Champions League this week, with goals from Cristian Tello and Lionel Messi handing Barcelona a 3-2 victory at the Nou Camp.

And Fabregas paid tribute to Tello, the latest product from the famed La Masia academy.

"Tello opens up the pitch, dribbles well, is fast…in games like yesterday's that's all very important."

The 21-year-old emerged as a summer transfer target for Liverpool, but Barcelona are thought to be keen to hold onto the Spanish under-21 international and are poised to offer him a new deal.

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