Fabregas not distracted by Arsenal transfer

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas claims Barcelona's high-profile pursuit of him is not a distraction during the World Cup finals.

Fabregas is away in South Africa with Spain and insists he is not thinking about his club future.

Barcelona have already seen one bid for their former youth team star rebuffed by the Gunners but are believed to be preparing a fresh approach around the £30m mark.

Fabregas is reported to have told Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger of his desire to return to Barcelona following seven years in north London.

Speaking about the transfer saga, a focused Fabregas claimed: "I am isolated from it all and I am not thinking about anything else apart from the national team."

Meanwhile, newly-installed Barca president Sandro Rosell has vowed to work with his successor, Joan Laporta, in the pursuit of Fabregas.

He commented: “When we get together, Laporta will explain at what stage the Cesc situation is at.

“If negotiations are advanced and the coaching staff want the player, we will continue with the negotiations, without doubt.”

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has vowed to keep fabregas in north London, saying: "I don't need to talk about Cesc. He has a deal with Arsenal and we don't want to sell him."