Monday, July 28, 2008

Fabregas: Spain Not For Me

Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas quashed rumours that he will swap life in London for either Madrid or Barcelona today, saying, "I'm staying at Arsenal. The priority is to win trophies here. Spain is not for me."

Fabregas has been linked to both Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent weeks, with former Gunners midfielder Alexander Hleb claiming that Fabregas "loves" Barca, and with Madrid, frustrated over their failure to pry Cristiano Ronaldo away from Manchester United, beginning to make overtures. But Fabregas was emphatic in his denials.

"I love London," he said. "There's so much here. Of course, it is not as sunny and warm as Spain, but these things are not important. There may not be stunning mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada and Pyrenees, or Mediterranean beaches filled with exotically beautiful women, and you can't get Tapa de Calamares anywhere, and all my friends and family may be back in Spain, and we haven't won much of anything at Arsenal, but, still...I want to stay here."

Fabregas, 21, has years and years left on his Arsenal contract.

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