Barca boss dodges Fabregas talk

The defending Primera Liga champions had a bid for the Spain

midfielder rejected in the summer, with a reported fee of

£29million failing to meet Arsene Wenger’s valuation.

Barcelona instead signed Argentina’s Javier Mascherano from

Liverpool, but that has not stopped rumours of a renewed pursuit of

Fabregas, who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury.

Fabregas is thought to remain keen to return to the Camp Nou, where

he began his youth career, but Guardiola does not want to comment

on the speculation. The Barcelona boss laughed to Sky Sports News

when asked about the subject: “It’s a good question. Goodbye.” It

is understood that Barcelona want Fabregas to add a creative edge

to their midfield from a deep-lying position to compliment the more

advanced roles of Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Mascherano has failed to

make a significant impact in that role since arriving from England

as he has been mainly used as a substitute since leaving Anfield.

His new team-mates have also struggled to click into their

trademark style so far this season and they sit in fourth position

in the league and three points behind leaders Valencia. But having

guided Barcelona to back-to-back titles after succeeding Frank

Rijkaard in 2008, Guardiola is confident his team will be competing

at the business end of the campaign. “Barcelona have a good team,”

he said. “But Barcelona can lose. “It is OK. We are going to be

fighting at the end of the season. “I think we are playing well and

will keep going and at the end we will see who is the best.”