Fabregas wants to retire at Barcelona
Cesc Fabregas is turning out to be an influential player for Barcelona. He was initially thought of as the successor to Xavi, but he has already produced more goals and assists this season than Iniesta and Xavi combined.
He has contributed 13 goals (by scoring himself and by assisting) to the team in 16 matches this season. Of course, he has been playing in a much-advanced role, but still it takes something special to regularly do well in a new role at a big club like Barcelona.
There was heavy speculation linking him with Manchester United in the summer. The English giants were reportedly ready to go to as much as £40 million in order to get their man. Fabregas has also been linked with a return to Arsenal where he became the player he is today.
The 26-year-old, though, has rejected was speculation by saying that he would be happy to retire at Barcelona. According to Barcelona's official Facebook page, he said:
"It would be a dream come true to retire with Barca. I will continue to work very hard to make that happen.
"Playing here is a dream and means everything to me because I have always been a huge fan."
Fabregas does not appear to have lost his memories about Arsenal. He has recalled the goal against AC Milan at the San Siro as the best of his Champions League goals. Fabregas is not an out and out striker, but he has shown in recent times that he is not a stranger to some great finishes.
The 26-year-old has constantly advanced in terms of his position on the pitch. He now plays closer to the striker or even as the false striker, which is a far cry from the days when he was an orthodox midfielder. Fabregas, though, still says that he is a midfielder. He continued:
"Obviously I am a midfielder, so this is where I enjoy most but I do like playing as a striker."
Fabregas also thinks that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world today.
"For me there's no doubt that [best player in the world] is Leo Messi."
Cesc is going to be even more important for Barcelona over the next few weeks since they will be without Lionel Messi.