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Manchester United target never asked to leave Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has further reiterated his desire to stay with the club, saying he never asked to leave.

Manchester United ended a very public pursuit of the former Arsenal captain after he said he had no intention of leaving the La Liga champions.

David Moyes saw two bids rebuffed by Barcelona and has been linked with making a third before the end of the transfer window.

United were buoyed by comments by Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino earlier this summer - he said Fabregas was free to leave if he wanted.

But Fabregas told the press that he wanted to stay at the Nou Camp and has now reinforced those comments by saying he never considered leaving the club, blaming speculation on medalling journalists.

Reports had suggested that Fabregas was growing frustrated with his bit-part role at Barcelona and was tempted by a move to Old Trafford.

However, Fabregas has started both of Barcelona's games so far this season as, which have both brought wins.

He told TVE show Esport Club: "I have never said that I could go, nor have I talked to the president or the coach about it.

"What I don't know is how this can be said to be true just because some journalist wrote it on Twitter.

"My dream is to stay here and succeed."

Fabregas is now keen to kick on at Barcelona and has plans to achieve great things with new manager Martino.

He added: "I have a great desire to achieve even more and I am committed to this club and proud to be here."

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