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Begiristain: Barca must respect Arsenal wishes

Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has welcomed the news Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas would like to return to the Nou Camp but accepts the Gunners will have the final say on whether the move comes to fruition.

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Fabregas has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp, where he played in the youth ranks before joining Arsenal in 2003, but is under contract until June 2014.

Begiristain told the club's website: ''It's great news that he wants to come here and I think that one day Cesc will have to come to Barca. But what matters is Arsenal and what their decision is.

''They think he is a very important player for them. We have to respect that. At times the wishes of players do not come true because they are under contract. That he says that he wants to come to Barca is a synonym that things are being done well here.

''I don't know when but I have the impression that he is a Barca (style) player and that he will enjoy it very much. I wish it was as soon as possible. But we have to respect Arsenal's wishes and the contract he has.''

Arsenal have yet to receive a formal approach for Fabregas with chairman Peter Hill-Wood telling Soccernet: ''I do know there has been no official approach from Barcelona. Under those circumstances the best comment is no comment!"

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