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Barca issue statement denying Fabregas deal

Soccernet staff
February 10, 2010
Cesc Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona © Getty Images

Barcelona have vehemently denied that they have reached an agreement with Cesc Fabregas to bring him back to the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

Reports in Spain suggest Fabregas, who has always said he would love to play for Barca, has come to a verbal agreement with the Catalan giants and will sign a five-year contract in the summer.

However, Barca have released a statement rubbishing the reports.

It read: "Given the exceptional repercussions created by the stories that have appeared in different media with respect to an agreement with Arsenal FC player Cesc Fabregas, Barca flatly deny that there have been any negotiations or agreements with the player.

"In accordance with FIFA regulations, FC Barcelona's contract policy has always made it a priority to negotiate with the club of origin before making any particular agreement with the player. FC Barcelona wishes to stress that it has always maintained excellent institutional relations with Arsenal FC.''

Fabregas has long been linked with a move back to Barca, where he spent six years as a youth-team player before joining Arsenal in 2003.

The 22-year-old is enjoying a fantastic season for the Gunners and has scored 11 goals in 20 Premier League appearances thus far.

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