Fabregas absent from Barcelona kit launch photos

The Spain international midfielder, who is again being linked with Manchester United, was not selected to be part of the campaign unveiling the Catalans' latest strip
Barcelona have further fuelled speculation about Cesc Fabregas's future at the club by leaving the midfielder out of pictures to unveil their new kit for the 2014-15 season.

Promising youngsters such as Sergi Samper, Edgar Ie and Jean Marie Dongou joined established first-team members Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Neymar and Sergio Busquets as the Catalans look to the future. However, Fabregas was one of the notable absentees.

The ex-Arsenal man has been heavily linked with a move away from Camp Nou this summer - despite the fact that his current contract runs until June 2016 - and both his former employers and Manchester United have been linked with acquiring his services.

The 27-year-old was not the only Barca regular linked with a summer transfer to miss out on the photoshoot as Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez, Adriano, Alex Song and Pedro were also absent.

The home shirt features the characteristic Barcelona stripes, which are bolder and wider and with a darker tone of red and blue.

It also includes a renovated crest and a unique blue collar with a Catalan touch, as it showcases the Senyera flag in the open V-neck – the first time that the Catalan flag has appeared on the front of the club's shirt.