Wenger confirms Cesc release clause


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners have a clause in Cesc Fabregas’ contract which could see the Barcelona star re-join the club next season.

Fabregas emerged as a target for Manchester United this week after David Moyes reportedly made an offer for the 26-year-old who he sees as a replacement for retired midfielder Paul Scholes.

However, Wenger who also insisted the north London giants are not close to signing anyone, is adamant that Fabregas won’t be leaving the Nou Camp this summer.

“Fabregas has decided to stay one more year at Barcelona. Unless he has changed his mind. I don’t know”, revealed Wenger.

“But that’s what I have been told. We have the clause in his contract so we would be on alert but at the moment that’s not something we are after.”

If Arsenal do reignite their interest in Fabregas next year, they would receive priority over other clubs and be able to activate a £25m buy-back clause which was included in the original deal that saw him move to Spain.

World Cup winner Fabregas spent eight years under Wenger’s management, playing 303 games and scoring 57 goals, before returning to his boyhood club in August 2011 for £25.4m.

Related article: ‘Cesc loves to talk about Arsenal’.


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