Cesc Fabregas has reignited the speculation surrounding his protracted move from Arsenal to Barcelona after revealing his admiration for the Spanish club's coach Pep Guardiola.
Fabregas is believed to have told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger of his desire to return to the Camp Nou after seven seasons in north London.
Arsenal have already rejected one bid for their 23-year-old captain, who is currently away on World Cup duty with Spain.
But despite claiming he is totally focused on the World Cup , Fabregas has ensured his club future remains a hot topic after describing former Barcelona captain and now first-team coach Guardiola as his "idol".
"Guardiola has always been my idol since childhood," he said. "I played in his position and I noticed him. My coach even gave me a shirt signed by him."
Meanwhile, Fabregas claims the uncertainty surrounding his club future is not a distraction while in South Africa.
"I won't think about anything until after the World Cup," he told Spanish radio.
"It won't be a problem if I return to Barcelona because Barca is my home.
"The people there are always sensational in the way they treat me."