Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has insisted that Cesc Fabregas wants to stay at the club and that the Spanish giants have no intention of selling their man.

The former assistant to Pep Guardiola at the Nou Camp told reporters that the 26-year-old will be a Blaugrana player next season, despite receiving a £26million offer for the midfielder from Manchester United in the last week.

Vilanova is quoted as saying: "I'm aware there have been offers, I had a conversation with him and he told me that he wanted to continue here and that he didn't want to go to another big club. He wants to succeed here."

However, Fabregas has failed to cement a starting place in the Barcelona line-up since returning to the club from Arsenal in 2011 and United manager David Moyes had been expecting the Spaniard to agree a deal.

The midfielder was reportedly anxious about not getting enough first-team football at the La Liga holders, with next summer's FIFA World Cup approaching, and could have been unsettled by Neymar's high-profile arrival.

Fabregas, an ex-Arsenal captain, might also have been subject to a sizeable bid from the Gunners, who stipulated that they would have priority in resigning the player should he ever choose to leave the Catalan side.

Meanwhile, Moyes is seemingly forced to continue the search for his first major signing since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, after also missing out on Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara to Guardiola's Bayern Munich.

 

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