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Frenchman reveals that the European champions have not made an approach for the Spanish star and is hopeful of keeping his captain at the Premier League club

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Barcelona have not made contact with them over the signing of Cesc Fabregas this summer.

The Spain international midfielder has been linked with a return to Camp Nou for a number of years and last summer Barca made an official bid for him. However, it was rejected with Fabregas publicly committing himself to the English giants.

Reports have been less intense this time over the departure of the Gunners’ captain to Barcelona, despite the 24-year-old enduring yet another barren campaign at the Emirates Stadium while watching the Catalan giants win the Primera Division and the Champions League.

Wenger, though, remains confident of having Fabregas in his team sheet for the 2011-12 campaign and is quoted as saying by ESPNSoccernet: "There was an interest from Barcelona last year which I won't hide. This year there hasn't been an interest.

"My No. 1 wish is to keep Fabregas - for me he is the best midfielder in the world and we naturally built the team around him."

Fabregas struggled with injuries in the 2010-11 season for Arsenal, but still scored three goals and provided 14 assists in 25 Premier League games. He also netted thrice in five Champions League appearances.

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