Catalan press confirm Fabregas approach from Arsenal and Manchester United, and meeting held to clear the air

Mundo Deportivo have a serious feature on Cesc Fabregas today in which they talk about his future and a summit which was apparently held after friends and family of the player were getting concerned with recent rumours. The rumours have all been covered in Spain, and that's how it's started to get to those surrounding Fabregas. Newspapers there have continually stated that the stories originate from the English media, but the simple fact that they are being run has been enough to create a little fuss surrounding the Barcelona midfielder. When either Mundo or Sport run a story from an English tabloid saying a Premier League club has bid 'x' amount for the player then it's taken more seriously than it would be here. 

A meeting was held on Sunday at Arenys de Munt and friends and family of the player grilled Barcelona's vice-president of sport, Josep Maria Bartomeu, about reports Fabregas could be playing in the Premier League next season. Bartomeu put their mind at rest and said that Fabregas would only leave if he wanted to. There is no idea to force the player out of Barcelona, which is what the 'entourage' had seemingly been worried about. Fabregas is currently away with the national squad ahead of the Confederations Cup and his family have been doing the clear the air talks that he would otherwise have held himself.

Alex Soler, the footballer's grandad, asked outright if there were plans from Tito Vilanova to sell Cesc Fabregas and Bartomeu said that he'd heard straight from the Barcelona manager's mouth that Fabregas would only move if he expressed a desire to do so, they want to keep him.

Mundo say that there is no way Fabregas will leave this summer and state two reasons for that, as they have done previously. The first being that he believes he's yet to show his best for Barcelona and thinks he can do that from next season and for a long time afterwards. The second reason is more personal and may explain why his family converged on the Barcelona rep, he wants to stay and build his young family there. Fabregas has recently become a father for the first time and would rather his family were based in Barcelona than anywhere else.

Mundo do say that both Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in the player and tentative approaches have been made (although they may base this on English reports), although nothing like the straightforward bids reported by some in England, but they are adamant that Fabregas simply wants to stay and Vilanova is his biggest supporter at the football club. The only way any of this changes is if Fabregas himself totally changes his mind, risks upsetting his entire family, and demands a move. It's just not likely and the Fabregas family clearly want all the reporting to simply go away. 

Fabregas himself is quoted by La Informacion in the early hours of this morning as saying "I have not opened my mouth ever. It took me a lot to get where I am and I won't throw it away for nothing. I will say if I want it to be something else, what I really want is to succeed at Barca, it has been my childhood dream."

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