Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told a Spanish newspaper United have “renounced his signing”
Having already seen two bids rejected by Barcelona for the 26-year-old it is alleged that United will smash their transfer record of £30.75m to sign the coveted midfielder and with less than a month until the window shuts down, every passing day will be important for David Moyes.
Talking to the press in Israel, where the Catalan giants are currently on tour, Zubizarreta told Spanish newspaper Sport the player is going nowhere.
“Manchester United are interested in the player, but it’s also true that they understand our position of not wanting to sell,” said the ex-Spain goalkeeper. They have renounced his signing. We aren’t going to sell him.”
“He has a contract with us. We count on Cesc. He’s an extraordinary player who creates and finishes chances. We are delighted with him. He’s the number four of Barca.”
Gerardo Martino, Barca’s newly appointed manger earlier had claimed that he would prefer if Cesc stays but also admitted that it is his[Cesc’s] decision that will count which leaves United with a glimmer of hope.
“What I know is Fabregas will stay one more year at least in Barcelona,” said the Frenchman. “That’s the information I have. If that changes, I don’t know, but that is what I have been told.”
A United spokesman said: ‘A bid was received yesterday and immediately rejected. Our position remains that he is not for sale.’