Barca boss still wants Cesc

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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has reiterated his desire to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, but says the final decision rests with the Gunners.

Barcelona have already signed Spain striker David Villa this summer and also brought in versatile Sevilla defender Adriano this week, but their pursuit of Fabregas has lasted for months and Arsenal appear unwilling to do business.

"I think bringing in Cesc will cost a lot," Guardiola said at a press conference on Monday. "We want him to come, but if Arsenal don't want to negotiate, he won't come."

Guardiola wants to remain at the Nou Camp for the long-term, despite insisting on only signing a one-year contract at the club.

The former Barca midfielder, who has won seven trophies in his first two years as Barca coach, signed a new deal last week which runs until next June.

"I'm very happy to continue for one more year," he added. "I want to keep on doing my job well and make people proud of us."

And Guardiola revealed his reasons for signing a short-term deal instead of the six-year contract offered to him by Rosell.

"I feel more comfortable with one-year contracts. I am grateful to the confidence shown in me by the new Board in offering me a six-year contract, but I prefer working with short contracts, it's something personal," he said.

"I need to feel that things are working and that what I am doing is right, but if everything is going well and I feel strong, I will carry on next year.

"I don't see any change, but if after this first year the feedback with the players, the feedback is not good or the results aren't good, I won't stay on."

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