The Sun have reported former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas is unhappy at the Nou camp after his big money move away from North London just over a year ago.
It all started out so well for the Spaniard who won the Supacopa and the UEFA Super Cup within his first few weeks with the Catalan giants, but he has been much of a bit-part player of late with Messi preferred as the striker/false number 9 and Xavi Iniesta, Busquets, Song and Thiago all fighting for starting spots in the Barca midfield, there is little wonder Fabregas struggles to play 90 minutes.
Fabregas told Radio Marca:
There’s no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football.
I couldn’t tell you what makes a great substitute.
I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on.
If I have to take my unhappy face home, so be it. But I’d never let my team-mates or manager see it.
Everybody likes to play every minute of the season.
I’ve always said I play for the best team in the world.
But I came here to compete, to learn and enjoy, not to sit racking my brains.
The manager knows what I can offer. But across the three positions I can play, I am competing with the three best players in the world.
I’m delighted to be a part of this team. But when a coach tells me I have to go, I’ll go.
I will not make it easy for him to do so, though. I will keep going, looking forward to the time when things change. I came here to see out my career.
The 25-year-old has a clause in his contract that gives Arsenal first option on purchasing the midfield maestro and if they refuse to then the Gunners receive a whopping 50% of the sale fee.
The speculation over his future has been overhyped by the media – he won’t be leaving anytime soon. The fact that he has started the first three matches of the season does suggest he is in the new manager Tito Vilanova’s plans, but it remains to be seen whether young prodigy Thiago will get the nod ahead of Fabregas when Xavi hangs up the boots.
Either way if Vilanova decides Fabregas’ future does not lie with Barca then he would be welcomed back to Arsenal with open arms. But it is very difficult to see that happening, he is a class player and will become a first team regular in time.
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