Manchester United will not get Fabregas, says Barcelona boss

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Gerardo Martino, who was recently appointed as Barcelona's head coach, has reiterated the stance that the Catalan giants have had all summer: Fabregas is not for sale.

This comes just one day after David Moyes claimed that transfer negotiations for Cesc Fabregas were still "ongoing" despite having two bids rejected already and being repeatedly told to stop wasting their time. 

Martino said to reporters: "Fabregas is a top player, we are proud to have him here. It doesn't matter what the offer from United is, we are counting on him.

"I'm not going to get into the economic interests. If the club rejected it twice, I add a third one right now."

The Argentinian recently took over from Tito Vilanova, who had to step down for health reasons. Martino sees Fabregas as an integral part of the team, combined with the Spaniard's desire to stay and fight for his place, there is no logical reason for him leaving this summer.

Martino added: "It is normal that many clubs are interested in our player Cesc. That is a source of pride for us, but we'll reject all bids."

Cesc Fabregas, who is now 26-years-old, joined the Nou Camp from Arsenal two years ago. After playing for Guardiola, his childhood idol, for the first season, things were looking promising for the former Gunner captain. 

However, Vilanova didn't rate him as highly, and Fabregas missed a lot of game time and struggled to string together good, consistent performances, due to him being unable to hold down a starting place.

Arsene Wenger has also said if Fabregas were for sale, Arsenal "would be on alert" due to their first-option buy back clause. He also added that Manchester United were "wasting their time." 

Perhaps it is about time that Manches United pursued someone else, someone more obtainable, after a very uninspiring pre-season, they have just three weeks to bring someone else in before the start of the season.

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