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Martino - Fabregas staying at Barca

07 Aug 2013 21:01:52

Martino - Fabregas staying at Barca

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says he is no longer worried about the possibility of Cesc Fabregas leaving the club to join Manchester United.

Three days ago the Catalan club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said he thought David Moyes' side's pursuit of the midfielder was over, after they had two bids turned down.

Zubizarreta's prediction would appear to be vindicated in light of reports that United have turned their attention to signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton instead.

Fabregas started in Barcelona's 7-1 win over Thailand on Wednesday and after the game Martino insisted he was not concerned about the player's future, concerning himself more with the fitness of club captain Carles Puyol, who is still recovering from a knee operation.

"Fabregas is still our player and he will be with us for this season," the Argentinian coach is quoted as telling AS.

"Right now I'm more worried about whether Puyol will recover."

The declining physical state of the 35-year-old Catalan defender has made buying a centre-back one of Barcelona's priorities this summer.

However, with 10 days to go until the new season starts, the Primera Division champions have only made one signing - Brazil forward Neymar.

The club have now reportedly made a £35 million bid for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, but Martino refused to shed any light on a possible move for the Brazilian.

"I'm in Thailand, I know nothing about any negotiations," he said.


PA

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