Hill-Wood reveals Barca’s Cesc promise

Speculation has long linked the Arsenal captain with a return to

the Catalan club, where he spent several years as a youth player

before moving to north London. Barca star Lionel Messi was today

reported as saying he believed it was just a matter of time before

Fabregas returned to the Nou Camp as he “has Barcelona in his

blood”, but Hill-Wood is convinced a deal is not in the pipeline as

the Spanish champions are happy with their current crop of players.

Hill-Wood revealed that high-level talks between the clubs during

their recent Champions League tie ruled out the possibility of

Fabregas joining up with Pep Guardiola’s side any time soon. “There

was a private conversation that took place in the boardroom and

assurances have been made at the highest possible level,” Hill-Wood

told Soccernet. “Arsenal do not expect those to be broken. “I was

not privy to the conversation, but was told about it. They said to

us they are not interested [this summer]. It was a recent

conversation, as recent as the time that they played us in the

Champions League in fact as we got a bit upset because of all the

media speculation. “Subsequent to the conversation, if they are

interested at any time in the future, they would come to us direct.

However I’m not sure they are going to do that, because they told

us they are pretty happy with what they have got and are pretty

happy with their current players.” However, this summer’s

presidential elections mean the Barca hierarchy is set to change

completely before the transfer window closes and could render such

assurances meaningless. Hill-Wood also stated his belief that a

move to the Nou Camp could be a bad move for Fabregas, with star

duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta so pivotal to Barcelona’s play in the

middle of the park. “If you want my opinion, I’m not sure he would

even get in their team,” he said. “Do they need him? I’m not sure

that they do. And they said to us they are not interested. “That

suits us fine. Fabregas is an Arsenal player and we want him to

remain an Arsenal player. We hope he stays with us for a very long

time.”