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Fabregas will join Barcelona: Xavi

Xavi believes Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas will join him at Barcelona at some stage - and hopes a deal can be agreed sooner rather than later for the Arsenal captain to return home to Catalonia.



Xavi and Fabregas are two valuable members of Spain's squad for the World Cup, but the pair have never played together at club level despite both coming through the youth system at Barca.

“He (Fabregas) wants to come here and is talking to the club about that,” Xavi said.

“I have always said that he has the Barca DNA and he should be confident there will be a solution soon. He should play for Barca and it has to be now. If it's not now, it will be a little later, but I hope Cesc can come to Barcelona as soon as possible.

“He is hopeful and he wants to come to Barca, but he is calm and focused on the World Cup, hoping there will be a solution.” Barcelona presidential candidate Marc Ingla has revealed he dreams of unveiling Fabregas as his first new signing if he wins Sunday's election.

The club's former marketing vice-president is a big admirer of the 23-year-old Spain midfielder (below), but insists Barca will not pay over the odds.

“Cesc is a marvel, as is (David) Villa,” he said. “My only worry is paying over the odds but I confess that my dream, as president, would be to unveil Cesc.”

Ingla reckons Fabregas has what it takes to become a regular starter at the Nou Camp.

“If he comes, I am convinced that Cesc will soon become the number one choice in his position,” he said.

The 44-year-old has also promised the Catalans will not be held to ransom by Arsenal.

“Anything between 25 and 35 million euros would seem suitable,” he said. However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is determined to keep hold of his star man.

“What is important is that Cesc has a great World Cup and that he comes back to Arsenal with a great desire to do well for the club,” Wenger said.

“We want to keep our best players — that's my huge determination.

“I built this team for years from 16 and 17 years of age with most of the players. We want to continue to work with them because we feel we are very close, and strengthen the team in a very strong way.”

Wenger's 4-2-3-1 system would suit Joe Cole, who is available on a free transfer.

“I like him (Cole) as a player because when he played against us he always did a lot of damage,” Wenger added. “He can create impact through his creative play. He can dribble, pass and score goals.”

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