Cesc Fabregas will remain a Barcelona player after this summer, new boss Gerardo Martino has stated, according to the Guardian. 

Manchester United were thought to be close to agreeing a deal with the Catalan giants for the former Arsenal captain's services, but may now have to look elsewhere.

Two bids by the Red Devils of £25 million and £30 million respectively had previously been declined by Barca.

In Martino's first press conference in his new role, he insisted that Fabregas was a part of his plans at the Nou Camp and that Manchester United were wasting their time.

"I'm not going to involve myself in the club's accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fábregas will remain here," he said.

Martino's words were not only echoed, but enforced by Barcelona's vice-president Mario Bartomeu, who cited: "Whatever offer United make, however big, we will say no. Cesc Fábregas will stay a Barcelona player.

"That United shows interest in Cesc Fábregas is normal. He is a truly great player. It doesn't annoy us.

"I think Tata Martino was clear that he is counting on him as a player and Andoni Zubizarreta from the first day when we asked him about it saying there was an offer he replied Cesc is not for sale.

"We are very happy with him."

Martino went on to give an positive insight into whether or not he believed he could handle the pressure as Barca's main man.

He said: "Once you have coached in Argentina, everything else is much easier."


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