Tuesday 24 October 2017

Barcelona hold firm

Barcelona coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has made it clear that Cesc Fabregas will be part of his team next season, despite repeated interest from Manchester United.

The Premier League champions have made two offers for the Spaniard, for a reported £25m and £30m, both of which were rejected by the Catalan club.

The United manager David Moyes has told reporters that negotiations for Fabregas were "ongoing," but Martino insisted the player was staying at Barcelona and was part of his plans.

"I'm not going to involve myself in the club's accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third.

"In other words, he will remain here," he said.

The Argentinian coach's words were backed up by vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

"It's logical that we've had offers for Fabregas because he is a quality player, but he is not for sale," he said.

The 50-year-old coach succeeds Tito Vilanova, who resigned from the role last Friday to continue his battle with cancer.

Irish Independent

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