Manchester United's hopes of signing Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas have effectively ended, after the Barcelona star declared himself 'very happy' at the Catalan club.
Manchester United have had three bids around the £30 million mark for Fabregas rejected, although were given a glimmer of hope when new Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino stated that the decision over his future ultimately lay with Cesc Fabregas himself.
But the 26-year-old has fully committed himself to Barcelona.
"Triumphing in Barcelona has been my dream since I was a child" he said.
"I am very happy at Barcelona and I haven't spoken to any other club in the last two years," added the former Arsenal captain. "Stories have been invented. I was never given any sign from the club to make me think they didn't want me, I have always felt wanted here."
Fabregas moved from Arsenal to Barcelona in August 2011 for a fee of £35 million, and the playmaker appears content in Spain, despite being substituted in over half the league games he started last season.
But this seems to have encouraged Fabregas to improve his performances, with the World Cup and double European Championship winner indicating a desire to do this.
"What I have to do is do everything better because I'm at the biggest and most demanding club in the world," he said.
The news will come as a major blow for Manchester United, who are desperate to add some creativity to their midfield, having already missed out on Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich.
David Moyes will now be expected to move for Luka Modric or Marouane Fellaini, both of whom have consistently been linked to Manchester United over their quiet summer in the transfer market.
The saga surrounding Wayne Rooney's future has dominated the Premier League title holders' summer, having been unable to lure their top targets to Old Trafford and have been left trailing in the wake of rivals Manchester City - who have signed Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic in a bid to wrestle back the title over the coming season.
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