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Ex-Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas was ‘flattered’ by Manchester United bids

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Former Arsenal skipper and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that he was ‘flattered’ by Manchester United’s interest in him last summer.

Fabregas was one of the prime targets of Manchester United last summer as David Moyes wanted to make the Spaniard his marquee signing, but despite lodging two formal bids, couldn’t lure the former Arsenal hero at the Old Trafford.

cesc fabregas barcelona cropped Ex Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas was flattered by Manchester United bids

Fabregas has become an influential player under Barca boss Gerardo Martino and the player does not have any regrets about deciding to stay in Spain.

“It’s always flattering when a club like Manchester United talks very well about you and you can see they want you,” the Spaniard told the BBC’s Football Focus.

“But I’m going through an amazing moment [at Barcelona] now. I’m playing every week and I feel very important to the team. I’m very happy right now.

“This season I have felt more like myself, with more freedom and more secure with the way I like to play. It’s not easy when you know you have to convince many fans how good you are and how good you can be for the team.

“The manager has trusted me and given me what I needed. I’m probably going through my best spell here.”

Moyes was looking to sign a central midfielder in the January transfer window as well, but managed to land Fabregas’ national team-mate Juan Mata instead.

Fabregas revealed that he didn’t expect Chelsea to let Mata go to a rival team, especially what he achieved with the London club.

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