Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas 'flattered' by Manchester United interest

But midfielder says he is 'very happy' to be playing for Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, the subject of two bids from Manchester United over the summer, says he was "flattered" to be linked with the club.

The 26-year-old, who enjoyed eight years in England with Arsenal, turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford in the end, and pledged his future to Barca, his boyhood club.

"I do follow the Premier League a lot and it's always flattering when a club like Manchester United talks very well about you and you can see they want you," the Spaniard told BBC's Football Focus.

"But I'm going through an amazing moment [at Barcelona] now.

"I'm playing every week and I feel very important to the team," he added. "I'm very happy right now."

"This season I have felt more like myself, with more freedom and more secure with the way I like to play. It's not easy when you know you have to convince many fans how good you are and how good you can be for the team."

 

Fabregas, whose Barcelona team take on Manchester City in the Champions League next week, claims that he still watches the Premier League all the time, and has been impressed with England's young players.

"I have seen youngsters like Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck play and they have got talent," he said.

"That's the thing England have been missing over the years - talent. They have got a great group of boys with amazing talent and they have to take advantage of that."

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