Cesc Fabregas labels speculation linking him with Manchester United and Arsenal as 'absurd'

The Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a return to the Premier League
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Cesc Fabregas has again played down speculation linking him with a move away from Barcelna, saying talk he want to leave the Nou Camp is 'absurd'.

The Spain international has at times struggled to force his way into the starting XI at the Nou Camp and was understood to have grown frustrated by the situation.

That led to speculation he could leave the club, two years after returning there from Arsenal.

With new Manchester United manager David Moyes seeking a new central midfielder and the Gunners ready to spend heavily in the transfer market this summer, he was linked with a return to the Premier League.

However, after stating earlier this week he wants to fight for his place at the Nou Camp, he has now spoken of his bemusement as to the source of the stories about his future.

"I've always said that I'm happy at Barca. Whoever says that I'm leaving doesn't know me and has never spoken with me," he said.

"Nor with my agent, because he knows that I don't want him to talk with other people about me. I'm very private and I don't even talk about these things with my family.

"If someone says anything that isn't that I want to play at Barca, it's completely absurd."