CESC FABREGAS: Playing for Barca would be a dream come true

Cesc Fabregas has said today he will only leave Arsenal for Barcelona. But the Spain midfielder quickly distanced himself from reports claiming he has already made his mind up – and will leave Emirates the summer, preferably before next month s World Cup.

Cesc Fabregas has said today he will only leave Arsenal for Barcelona.

But the Spain midfielder quickly distanced himself from reports claiming he has already made his mind up - and will leave Emirates the summer, preferably before next month's World Cup.

The Arsenal skipper said on Friday: "I'm 23 and have a long career ahead of me. I have never hidden the fact that playing for Barcelona is a dream that I would like to fulfill and if I must leave Arsenal it would only be to play at Barca.

"I haven't decided anything, I never planned to leave Arsenal and if I haven't left it's because I'm very happy here and because they treat me with enormous respect."

Fabregas joined the Gunners in 2003 aged 16 after leaving Barca, where he had trained with their academy.