Arsenal Football Club has shown its ambition today.
Following Barcelona’s confirmation of an official inquiry for Fabregas earlier today, the club has finally broken its silence and states:
“Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the Club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly valued member of the team and part of our future plans.
And Unlike 2005’s sale of captain Vieira and 2007’s sale of skipper Henry, Arsenal FC have for once made clear their unwillingness to let go of another influential player.
“We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the Club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment.”
“However, yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.”
“To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.”