'Sat-Nav' Fabregas will stay at Arsenal, insists the man who spotted star

04 March 2010 02:35
The man who discovered Cesc Fabregas for Arsenal is confident that the Gunners will hold on to their star midfielder.

Francis Cagigao, responsible for finding talent in Spain and Portugal, has given short shrift to interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid in Fabregas, who impressed from the first moment the Arsenal scout turned up.

European champions Barca have made no secret of one day re-signing the player they lost to Arsene Wenger seven years ago, but Cagigao doubts claims in the Spanish press that a deal is already agreed for this summer.

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'All the fuss about Barcelona and Fabregas is simply an invention of the press, to engage in this type of speculation is absurd,' said Cagigao, who reminisced about just how good the teenage Fabregas was.

'Even when he was 15 I was captivated by his intelligence. He was mature which is hard to find in young players. It seems he has GPS in his head.'

The player admits Barca boss Pep Guardiola - a former Spain midfielder - was his childhood idol, but Cagigao says Fabregas is fortunate enough to be already working with someone who shares a love of aesthetically pleasing football.

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'I think the philosophies of Wenger and Guardiola are similar in shaping what they want on the field.'

The Spanish press have scurrilously observed that Fabregas has been spending a lot of time with the Barcelona contingent while on international duty.

Spain's match against France on Wednesday night has also been painted as a parade of Barca targets: Fabregas, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Valencia's David Silva and David Villa.

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