Cesc Fabregas rules out future Arsenal return

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Cesc Fabregas has confirmed his intention to finish his career at Barcelona, all but ruling out a return to former-club Arsenal in the future, according to

The Spaniard signed for the Catalan club from the Gunners in the summer of 2011, rejoining the team he left as a teenager for London.

Recent reports had suggested Fabregas would consider a return to the Emirates Stadium one day, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently hinted that the Spain international could return to north London further down the line.

But Fabregas has ended such speculation, insisting he intends to finish his playing career at the Nou Camp.

Speaking to reporters, Fabregas said: "I've come back to Barca to stay for the rest of my career. If it were up to me, and if everything goes well, I'll fight as hard as I can to retire here."

The 25-year-old has had to be patient under Tito Vilanova, with fierce competition for a first-team place forcing the Barca boss to pick three from the likes of Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Alex Song and Fabregas.

Barcelona face AC Milan in the first-leg of their Champions League tie on February 20, and Fabregas anticipates a tough test against the Italians.

The San Siro club have disappointed this season, and lie in 5th place, but their form has picked up in recent weeks - just one league defeat in their last nine matches, including six victories.

And Fabregas has warned his teammates that Milan will be a difficult opponent.

"It will be very complicated. We'll need to be at our best to beat them. The match against Milan is key because we want to go to Wembley," continued the Barcelona midfielder.

"We believe that they will be a very difficult rival because of the players they have and because of their history. If we aren't at 100 per cent we will not go through to the next round."

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