Bacary Sagna remains adamant that Cesc Fabregas is happy at Arsenal despite accepting the reasons why the Spaniard would want to return to Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger has publically reasserted his desire to keep his club captain for the foreseeable future after rejecting bids from the Nou Camp and also stressed for good measure that he was under no pressure to sell Samir Nasri despite the player entering the last year of his contract.
Speaking about the prospect of life without Fabregas at the Emirates the French right-back told Sky Sports News:
“We’ve not spoken about it. On my holidays the English press said (Fabregas) has to leave, but it’s entirely wrong.
“We said we’d understand if he wanted to go back to his country, but he never said he wanted to leave. He’s happy and very glad to play for Arsenal.
“He’s still our captain. Of course he didn’t travel (to Asia). He’s an Arsenal player. The important thing is the team and giving his best.
“When I left he was at the training ground. I’m looking forward to playing with him next year.”
Asked whether compatriot Samir Nasri, who has been tipped to join Manchester City in a deal worth in excess of £20 million, would likely be staying in London, the 28-year-old retorted:
“Yeah of course. If he’s here it means a lot. He’s really focussed and ready to start the season like he did last year.
“There’s always been speculation in football. You can’t stop it. You have to deal with it. It’s not a problem.”