Barca chief denies Fabregas ‘promise’

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood on Wednesday claimed Barca had

recently assured the Gunners they will not be tabling a summer bid

for Fabregas, who has long been linked with a return to the Catalan

giants where he spent several years as a youth player. However,

Begiristain was quoted as saying by AS newspaper: “If Barcelona

consider it necessary for the team, they will go for him, whilst

always respecting the negotiations. “We’ve never said that we are

not going to try to sign Cesc Fabregas. We’ll see what happens.”

Hill-Wood yesterday told ESPN Soccernet: “There was a private

conversation that took place in the boardroom and assurances have

been made at the highest possible level. “Arsenal do not expect

those to be broken.”