Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas urged people to stop linking him to Barcelona after the win over Liverpool – but that looks unlikely to happen.
The Fabregas to Barcelona story has been recycled numerous times over the past few years and reports emanating from Spain this week claimed the midfielder has already agreed to join the Catalan giants in the summer.
Barcelona moved quickly to rubbish the rumors, however, and Fabregas did the same after the Liverpool game.
“They have denied it, I have denied it. I just want to focus on Arsenal,” Fabregas told Sky Sports.
“I think Arsenal Football Club is above everything, every single player in its history and their fans, and the club, and myself – I think we deserve a little bit more respect.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also quashed talk that the Spain international was on his way to Camp Nou.
“Nothing plus nothing is nothing,” said Wenger.
However, Fabregas’ father has added fuel to the rumors after claiming his son would be open to holding talks with Barca at the end of the season
Fabregas’ father believes his son would consider any offer the Spanish giants made him but insisted he would not think about moving on while he is fighting for the title with Arsenal.
“If something has to happen – we will see at the end of the season. We would talk,” Fabregas’ father told Radio Kanal.
“But to be talking about these at the middle of the season – I understand Arsenal being angry.
“If a club is interested in a player, then it should go to the other club and try to negotiate. This is the way to function always.
“If this thing has to happen, it has to be this way: Barca going to talk to Arsenal. That goes the same with Cesc and for the rest of the players.”