Barcelona the club of my life - Fabregas

The midfielder reveals the strength of his affection for the Catalan giants and how he always yearned to play alongside those with whom he grew up as a teenager
Cesc Fabregas says that Barcelona are the "club of his life", explaining the bond which he shares with his team-mates at Camp Nou.

The midfielder came through the Blaugrana's famed La Masia youth system but left for Arsenal aged 16 having never made a first-team appearance.

However, he re-joined the club in 2011 and then resisted the advances of Manchester United last summer to continue playing for the team whom he has supported all his life.

The 26-year-old told Uefa's official website: "I wanted to play for the best club in the world and with lads who I had shared my time with as a teenager and who I had also enjoyed playing alongside in the national team, just fantastic people - the club of my life."

Barcelona take on Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, going into the game with a 2-0 lead from their first encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

While many of the current Barca side can boast a winner's medal from Europe's biggest club competition on their resume, Fabregas is yet to lift the trophy and says that success in the continental arena remains a primary goal.

"Playing for Barcelona, you're aiming for it all every year because of the players you have there and everything the club represents at international level," he declared.

"You know you have to fight for every title - that gets into your head pretty quickly when you play for Barcelona."