Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says that he always intended to stay at Barcelona, despite interest from Manchester United over the summer, reports Sky Sports.

David Moyes' side made it quite public that he was interested in signing the Spanish ace, with big money bids being launched over the summer for the star.

Despite the big money bids and constant interest, no deal was struck, nor did the Premier League champions get anywhere close to it.

Fabregas was instantly updated over the summer of the interest, but says that he never thought for a second he wanted a move back to the Premier League.

The Spaniard remains confident that he can forge a career at Barcelona, the club he supported as a boy.

Fabregas told the Daily Mail ahead of Saturday's El Classico with arch rivals Real Madrid: "I never planned to go back this summer.

"It's true that they had offers and they told me about them but the only thing in my head was staying at Barcelona.

"I saw the stories and I spoke with Darren [Dein, his agent] and he said: 'What do you want to do?'

"I know that if a club come in for you and you tell your representative that you want to go, then you go. All that's missing is that the club accept the offer. It's easy.

"But at no time did I say that I wanted to go. It was clear in my mind that I wanted to succeed at Barcelona."

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