Cesc Fabregas insists it was never an option to leave Barcelona for Manchester United this summer.

The former Arsenal midfielder, who re-joined Barcelona in 2011, was linked with a return to the Premier League all summer, but opted to stay put at the Camp Nou.

Manchester United launched a series of big-money bids for Fabregas, but in an interview with the Guardian the 26-year-old says he never considered leaving Barcelona.

Asked whether he would have liked to join the Red Devils or if Arsenal is the only club he would head back to England for, the midfielder said: I don't know. But I never planned to go back this summer.

"It's not something I was even thinking about. I was always clear in my mind that I want to succeed at Barcelona and I'd give everything to triumph here.

"I said openly: I haven't even thought about leaving, I'm not going. I heard about it when I was in Ibiza with friends. A friend read it in the paper and told me, then I read it …"

Manchester United had bids of £26 million and £30 million knocked back over the summer, and while rumours circulated that the Old Trafford based outfit were willing to break their own transfer record to land Fabregas, the move failed to materialise.

"When I heard [of Manchester United's interest], I contacted Darren [Dein, my agent] and he confirmed that it had come out officially. He said: "Yes, it's true."

" He said: 'What do you want to do?' I didn't know anything about it [until then]. If a club comes in for you and you tell your representative that you want to go, then you go.

"I spoke to [Josep Maria] Bartomeu, the vice-president, and he told me: 'You're not going anywhere; we have complete confidence in you.'

"Then I spoke to the president. I was very relaxed about the whole thing because that's what they transmitted to me. It's true that they had offers, and they told me that, but the only thing in my head was staying at Barcelona."

When asked why Manchester United continued to make offers despite already being knocked back, Fabregas said: "At no time did I say that I wanted to go and I stayed out of it. I was surprised. I didn't encourage them at all."

United boss David Moyes went on to miss out on a host of midfield targets before eventually landing Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27.5 million on deadline day.

Fabregas will likely start for Barcelona as they take on Real Madrid in El Clasico at the Nou Camp this evening.

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