LONDON, May 26 – Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas says his future is now out of his hands as Barcelona continue to eye a bid for the Spain midfielder.
Fabregas recently told Gunners manager Arsene Wenger that he wants to rejoin his former club Barca as soon as possible after losing patience with Arsenal’s failure to win a trophy for the last five years.
But, although the Spanish champions have made contact with Arsenal regarding Fabregas’s availability, they have not made a firm bid.
The situation looks certain to drag on for weeks as Wenger is believed to be determined to hang onto his star player unless Barca pay a world record equalling 80-million-pound (115-million-dollar) transfer fee.
Fabregas admits he does not know where he will be playing next season, but for the moment he is just focused on helping Spain win the World Cup in South Africa.
Speaking from the Spanish training camp, Fabregas told Sky Sports News: "I will only say one thing, I have great respect for Arsene Wenger, for Arsenal football club and for the Arsenal fans.
"Sometimes not even in my house have I felt more love than I felt at Arsenal.
"I had a long conversation with Arsene, it was probably the greatest conversation I’ve had with someone in my life and I respect him so much and I don’t want to say too much about this.
"He told me to concentrate on my football, he told me to concentrate on the World Cup, he told me to leave it in his hands, he will deal with whatever happens in my future and that’s what I’m doing, just concentrating on football.
"It’s not up to me any more and it’s just now about Arsenal and wherever it has to be and that’s it.
"I don’t want to say anything else, I just want to be focused for the World Cup because it is the most important thing – the rest is the future and I’m not interested in the future."