Arsene Wenger's decision to give Cesc Fabregas the Arsenal captaincy could be decisive in seeing off Barcelona's interest in the sublime midfielder.
The Catalans are planning a summer mega-bid for a player who left them and headed to England as a 16-year-old back in 2003.
Despite often sending mixed messages about his future, Fabregas insists he is happy at the Emirates Stadium, revealing his pride at taking over as skipper from William Gallas 15 months ago.
'I am very united with the club and the supporters,' said the 22-year-old. 'My role as captain has increased my commitment to Arsenal and I am happy there.
'I have been at Arsenal for many years but I don't see myself as the only leader. We are together as a team and I rely on my team-mates to help me be successful. I am no more important than my team-mates.'
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A hamstring injury will keep Fabregas out of the Champions League last 16 second leg against Porto, but the Spain midfielder is praying his team can overcome a 2-1 deficit when the teams meet at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
'If we analyse the 16 clubs left then I believe that 10 still have a chance to reach the final and we are on that list,' he said.
'I want to play in the Champions League final in Madrid and against Real. That would be the maximum for me as an Arsenal player.'
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