The future of Cesc Fabregas is still up in the air after recent comments from new Barcelona manager Tata Martino.
The Argentine was appointed as the new Barcelona coach after Tito Vilanova stepped down due to health reasons a few weeks ago. Before he resigned, he stated Fabregas would not be leaving and rejected two bids for the midfielder from Manchester United.
David Moyes was about to give up on the Spaniard until Martino spoke out about Fabregas’ future. He is keen for the playmaker to remain with the Catalans but has said ‘the player also has to decide’ on where his future lies.
The 26-year old pleaded with Vilanova to remain at the Blaugrana but reports suggest his stance had changed over the past few days with a move back to the Premier League now interesting the Spain international. Should he wish for a move back to England then it would be granted with both Manchester United and Arsenal willing to pay in excess of £30 million for his services.
The Gunners have first refusal on him due to a clause in his transfer from the Londoners two years ago and would be interested should Cesc announce he wants to leave. Arsene Wenger spoke about the situation in his press conference after the Emirates Cup.
“I haven’t heard that comment. I haven’t read it so I’m always a bit cautious to answer what a manager is supposed to have said. I don’t know. What I know is that Fabregas will stay one more year at least in Barcelona, that’s the information I have. If that changes, I don’t know, but I have been told that.”
Wenger’s comments clearly show the manager would be willing to make a move for the former captain but he believes the player will remain at Barcelona, for one year at least.