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Cesc Fabregas has denied reports which suggested he left Arsenal because he feared a prolonged trophy drought for the club.

• Barcelona: Fabregas worth £53m

Fabregas, 24, lifted the FA Cup at Arsenal in 2005 but failed to claim further glory before completing his protracted move to Barcelona this summer for a fee in the region of £35 million.

Despite only joining Barca in August, Fabregas has already won the Supercopa de Espana and UEFA Super Cup with his new side, and the Spain midfielder was quoted as saying he had concerns over the Gunners' future and that that had played a role in his decision to return to his boyhood club.

Fabregas was quoted by Sport magazine as having said: "I needed a change in my life, that's the truth. We weren't winning any titles and it was very frustrating for me. I didn't feel like I was developing anymore as I should do.

"I want to be in a club that is able to win the big titles year after year and I don't see that kind of future for Arsenal. I still have many feelings for Arsenal but I fear that they won't be able to push the other big clubs in England away. If you look at the team this season I can't see them finishing in front of teams like Manchester United or City. Or Chelsea. There's just too big a difference between the squads.

"I respect that Arsenal doesn't have the same financial opportunities as the others but it was part of my decision to leave that I find it hard to see Arsenal winning Premier League or Champions League in a near future. I hope they will replace me and the others that have left with some quality players and maybe they can take Arsenal back to their level as champions."

However, Fabregas has now insisted on his Twitter account that he has not spoken to the publication.

"(sic) I'd never speak 1 bad work abt AFC, here there's once more prove that so many people put in newspaper wtv they want and its not professional," he tweeted.

"I want Arsenal to be succesfull as much as every single fan. Thats not why i left, it was never in my mind. AFC made me who i am today. And nobody will ever change that.

"I never gave any interview away since my press conference at my presentation and there i just said the truth and what came out of my heart. Great words abt this great football club cause that just what they deserve: succes and trophies.

"People can h8 me 4 leaving or remember that i gave my all for the club. But me talking 1 bad word or saying smthng against AFC will not (be) seen."

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