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Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas defends Barcelona shirt stunt


Fabregas forced into Barca shirt

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has played down being pictured in a Barcelona shirt during Spain's World Cup-winning celebrations.

Fabregas has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp and was forced into the shirt by Spain team-mates and Barcelona players Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol.

Barcelona have had a bid of about £30m for the midfielder turned down.

"There are times we do not even know what we do, so everything can be forgiven," said 23-year-old Fabregas.

"These are things that happen at special moments. I don't think it should be gone on about much more because it was just another anecdote of a great night, a great celebration.


"Pepe [Reina] took me there [to the front of the stage], the truth is that I didn't know anything like that was going to happen and so I was a bit surprised.

"At first I thought it was a flag or something, but it's nothing.

"You had to enjoy it and if it's a way to have fun, it's nothing."

Fabregas signed an eight-year contract with Arsenal in 2006 but is believed to be in favour of a move back to Barcelona.

He came through the Catalan outfit's ranks and spent six years at the Nou Camp as a youth team player before making the switch to the Gunners in 2003.

There has been plenty of speculation about where he will be plying his trade next season, although he attempted to quell the talk over his future.

His arrival would give us a huge jump up in quality

Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta

"I think now the less said about the subject the better, because these things are worse for everyone when they come to light and people talk more about the matter," he added.

"Right now we have to be very calm and what will be will be."

Fabregas impressed after coming on as a substitute in the World Cup final and set up 26-year-old Andres Iniesta to score the winner in the 1-0 victory over Netherlands.

Asked about the prospect of being joined at club level by Fabregas, Barcelona playmaker Iniesta said: "Let's hope so.

"Everybody has come out and spoken of the desire we have for him to be with us next season.

"We would be delighted. Not just because he is a team-mate and a friend, but because it would be great for the club.

"His arrival would give us a huge jump up in quality and he would play his part to help us stay up there competing in the big competitions. We would love him to be here."

And Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi also said he would be "delighted" if Fabregas joined him at the Catalan club.

"We played together as kids [in Barca's youth team] and he knows the club," said the 23-year-old World and European Player of the Year.

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see also
Arsenal reject Barca Fabregas bid
02 Jun 10 |  Arsenal
Guardiola stays on at Barcelona
14 Jul 10 |  Europe
Fabregas hints at Arsenal future
01 Jul 10 |  Arsenal
Fabregas keen to sort out future
14 May 10 |  Arsenal
Spain return to rapturous welcome
13 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Spain's party of lifetime
13 Jul 10 |  Europe

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