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Barcelona president says Cesc Fabregas is not for sale

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Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas won't be leaving Barcelona this summer, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The midfielder only returned to the Nou Camp in 2011, but could already be on his way back out of Barcelona if reports are to be believed.

Manchester United are said to have reignited their pursuit of Fabregas having tried to sign him last year - but Bartomeu says there is no chance of him leaving.

"We don't want to sell players," he told Onda Cero.

"Barcelona do not want to sell Fabregas or any other players that may appear to be on the market."

The Red Devils could face competition for Fabregas' signature from Arsenal, who are believed to have first refusal on their former player.

The President's quotes go against recent reports which have claimed that over a dozen Barcelona players could be on the move.

Carles Puyol is retiring while Victor Valdes has already confirmed his intention to move on. Alex Song, Xabi and Javier Macherano are also said to be heading towards the Nou Camp exit - although Bartomeu insists the latter two are going nowhere either.

He said: "Mascherano is a key player on the field, he stays at Barca.

"Xavi's contract ends in 2016 and he has two more years with the club. Coaches rely on experience for the future, and he has been at the club for 16 years."

Manchester United meanwhile appear to be focussing their energy on wrapping up deals elsewhere, with their move for Southampton's Luke Shaw gathering pace.

Louis van Gaal, who was named David Moyes' successor in the Old Trafford hot seat earlier this month, is also said to be targeting moves for the likes of Mats Hummels and Arjen Robben.

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