Cesc Fabregas confirms Barcelona stay

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Cesc Fabregas has confirmed his desire to stay at Barcelona this summer.

The former Arsenal midfielder has been the subject of two bids from Manchester United, both of which have rejected. Barcelona have repeatedly insisted he is going nowhere.

Reports had suggested the Red Devils were gearing up for a third bid that would break their transfer record, but Fabregas's comments have put an end to any hopes they had of getting their man.

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur as part of Barcelona's pre-season tour he said: "It has always been my dream to play for Barcelona and that has not changed. 

"I am very happy with life at the club and I have never thought about leaving Barca."

"I never had any doubts about my future here. It cost me a lot to return to Barca and all I want now is to be successful here."

Fabregas also hit out at suggestions that he was courting interest from Manchester United in order to secure an improved contract with Barcelona.

"Things have been invented. It's also not true that I have asked for a contract renewal," he explained.

"I didn't have to clear up anything, because for me it was clear I wanted to stay. I told the club I'd talk when it was my turn. I've always felt valued by the club. Everyone told me they count on me, I never got any sign that made me think otherwise."

Fabregas joined Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011 but has struggled for regular first-team football in a fixed position, prompting suggestions he could be on the move.

New Manchester United boss David Moyes targeted the 26-year-old after he missed out on his Barcelona team-mate Thiago Alcantara, who joined Bayern Munich. The Red Devils lodged two bids, the second of which was believed to have been around £30 million.

Now the Red Devils appear to have turned their attention to landing Marouane Fellaini from Moyes' former club Everton.

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