Fabregas perfect for Barca – Puyol

Carles Puyol believes Cesc Fabregas is “perfect” for Barcelona,

but acknowledges the Catalans must “respect” the midfielder’s

Arsenal contract.

Fabregas has long been linked with a return to Barca, the club

where he learnt his trade as a youngster before moving to Arsenal

seven years ago as a 16-year-old.

During his time in England Fabregas has developed into one of

Europe’s best midfielders and Barca, having last week spent 40

million euros on snapping up prolific Valencia striker David Villa,

now look to have their sights set on bringing the 23-year-old back

to the club.

Puyol, speaking at a press conference with Spain on Tuesday,

believes Fabregas would be a great addition to the Spanish

champions’ squad.

“Cesc is an excellent player and a great friend. For me, he

would be perfect for Barcelona. I would love to see him with the

azulgrana, but we need to respect that he has a contract with his

club,” said Puyol.

Fabregas, who has a contract with Arsenal until 2014, revealed

recently at a promotional event in Spain that he would like to

return to Barca, and his father Francesc Fabregas confirmed today

that the playmaker wants the transfer completed “as soon as

possible”.

Puyol said of his Spain squad-mate: “It’s very unusual to see

Cesc nervous, but all this is a little problematic for him, because

it’s a matter that is being talked about daily and he has fans, a

coach and team-mates that he needs to respect.”

However, it seems that there may be no quick resolution to what

could be a long-running transfer saga.

Barca corporate director general Joan Oliver confirmed on Monday

evening they have been in contact with Arsenal regarding Fabregas

but insists they have not yet made an offer.

Oliver also said there was no deadline by which time Barca hoped

to seal the signing of the Arsenal talisman.

“Still there is no offer. It’s true that the player has shown

his desire to play at Barca, possibly this season. We have made a

first contact with Arsenal, letting them know our intention to talk

and this is the current state of the situation,” Oliver said on his

club’s website.

“There is no time-frame. The period is from today and until the

deadline for registering players at the end of August.

“We are in no rush and you never know how long these operations

can last.”

Francesc Fabregas, who is also Cesc’s agent, also believes that

talks between the clubs could be protracted. However, he feels in

the end that Arsenal could give the green light for their captain

to leave.

“The negotiations between Arsenal and Barcelona are going to be

very long,” Francesc Fabregas was quoted as saying on Radio

Marca.

“Both parties are going to have to sit down several times

because the matter is complicated.

“Cesc is now focused on the Spanish national team, but he wants

the signing to be closed as soon as possible.

“I don’t know how this is going to end up, but I think that we

need to respect the decision and the will of the player.

“Cesc has always responded to Arsene Wenger with his work and we

are also grateful to Arsenal because they have made our son a man.

We only want this to end soon.

“At the moment he has a contract with Arsenal. I get the feeling

the English club don’t want to sell him but in the end will allow

Cesc to leave.”