Arsenal should let Cesc Fabregas leave says Dani Alves
Thursday 07 July 2011
Barcelona wing-back Dani Alves understands the situation of wantaway Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and believes the Gunners should not stop the midfielder making the step up to "business class" by rejoining the Catalan club this summer.
Alves has compared his own situation to that of the 24-year-old Spain international, remembering how he wanted to leave Sevilla to join Barca three years ago.
"I understand that he doesn't want to leave Arsenal on bad terms but I can understand why he would force the motor to come to Barca," he said in an interview with Spanish radio station RAC-1.
"Players always end up playing where they want to play and a club shouldn't keep an unhappy player."
Alves engineered his own Sevilla exit and claims Fabregas should do the same.
"I forced my exit from Sevilla; I saw the train passing by and I wanted to be in business class," he said.
Barca, meanwhile, insist they are in no hurry to sign the Catalan midfielder.
"We have the whole summer to sign players," said Barcelona vice-president Josep Bartomeu.
"Right up until the last moment, things can be blocked or unblocked, so we have time.
"All of the deals that are being worked on by the technical secretary require patience - we are working without hurry but without delay."
And Bartomeu says improvements are necessary despite the success of last season, when Barca won a third successive Primera Division title and claimed the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.
"We have a great team with great players and great coaches - the best in Europe," he said.
"But the squad will need some retouching."
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