Arsenal vow to fight for Fabregas

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has vowed the club will do all they can to prevent Cesc Fabregas joining Barcelona.

Arsenal maintain that they are not interested in negotiating a fee, even though Fabregas has told them he wants to return to the club where he began his career.

Hill-Wood questioned the Spanish club for the way they have conducted themselves over the issue and remain committed to keeping the midfielder, with the chairman even saying Arsenal are "confident" of success.

"The message has been given to them we don't want to lose him and will do our damnedest to keep him," Hill-Wood told Goal.com.

"We haven't had an official approach from them and have made it perfectly clear we don't want to lose him."

Barcelona have already recruited Spain striker David Villa from Valencia for £34million, a deal which went through today, and would love Fabregas, 23, to become their next big recruit.

The player told Arsenal earlier this week that he wants the move, but Hill-Wood insists the board and manager Arsene Wenger have not even discussed an asking price.

Discussing Barcelona's open pursuit, Hill-Wood said: "It's a funny way of doing business.

"I don't know if he will stay. I've really got little to say but we very much hope he stays with us and we're confident he will."

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