Cesc Fabregas believes the current Arsenal side can become one of Europe's great teams. The midfielder also ruled out a summer move to Spain in an interview published yesterday in the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
He said: "I am happy at Arsenal. I feel valued here. I am made to feel an important player, I am relaxed, I live in a city I love, I have a perfect understanding with my team-mates. I have a coach [Arsène Wenger] who believes in me and that is fundamental because in Spain a trainer signs you and three months later you are out of the club. There are so many good things here that I am not thinking about leaving.
"Arsenal aim to be one of the biggest teams in Europe, like Milan, Barcelona or [Real] Madrid, teams who have always been associated with playing well and winning," he said, adding: "We want to enjoy ourselves and play attractive football, for us and also for our fans.
"We must not forget that football has become a show. A lot of people are happy when Arsenal lose. It is as if they don't want attractive football to triumph."
Despite his respect for Wenger, Fabregas said he did not believe his future depends explicitly upon that of his coach.
"I recognise that he has been a very important person in my trajectory. His [football] model is one that I love, as well as playing with my team-mates. I enjoy myself, which is very important, but when it comes to making decisions on my future other questions arise, such as winning titles."
Asked if he would like to play for Real Madrid, the midfielder replied: "Who wouldn't want to play for Real Madrid?
"I have four teams which are a dream for me. One is Arsenal, and the others are Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid, because of their history and style of play."
Fabregas said it was unlikely he would ever play for Manchester United, Arsenal's rivals.
"You can't say definitely in football because pro-fessional life takes many turns, but I would try to avoid it," he said. "I love how Manchester United play and if they meet Barcelona [in the semi-finals of the Champions League] it will be an incredible tie, one of the best in memory."Reuse content